|January 7, 2022||Read in Browser|
Hello there, Strength lover. So glad to see you again.
It was a busy week for the Sport of Fitness with news of Dave Castro being fired just weeks before the 2022 CrossFit Open kicks off.
Also, the 2022 CrossFit Games Rulebook has been released and young Mal O’Brien – who has her eyes on the podium – will be sure to read it all as she trains with Mat Fraser.
Speaking of training, Brian Shaw announced he’s brought on a new strength coach: the one and only Joe Kenn.
Now that we have your attention, here’s what you should know about strong people today.
DAVE CASTRO FIRED BY CROSSFIT
Just seven weeks before the start of the 2022 CrossFit Open, Dave Castro has been fired.
Since 2007, Castro has served as CrossFit’s General Manager of Sport. The previous VP of Sport and Partnerships, Justin Bergh, has been promoted to assume the role.
According to an internal email sent by CrossFit CEO Eric Roza, the decision to fire Castro was due to the future intentions of the company that he felt Castro’s leadership did not align with.
Castro’s firing seems abrupt, occurring just seven weeks before the release of Open workout 22.1 scheduled for February 24, 2022.
BRIAN SHAW BRINGS ON COACH JOE KENN
Four-time World’s Strongest Man (WSM) Brian Shaw is again uniquely positioned for the 2022 strongman season. Although the official roster is not yet announced, Shaw will compete at the 2022 WSM contest — all former winners have a lifetime invitation.
Unlike many of the biggest threats Shaw will face at the 2022 WSM contest, such as 2019 WSM champion Martins Licis and 2021 WSM Tom Stoltman, Shaw’s won’t compete in 2022 until World’s Strongest Man.
To improve upon his runner-up finish in 2021, Shaw has signed Joe Kenn as his new strength coach. See what a day of his programming looks like as Shaw begins his 2022 WSM prep.
MAL O'BRIEN JOINS TEAM HWPO
2021 CrossFit Games Rookie of the Year Mal O’Brien is training under the guidance of five-time Fittest Man on Earth® Mat Fraser and his HWPO (Hard Work Pays Off) programming.
O’Brien qualified for her debut CrossFit Games through a second-place finish at the Granite Games Semifinal in 2021 at age 17. She finished seventh overall at the Games and made history as the youngest CrossFit Games event winner by placing first in event four, besting five-time Fittest Woman on Earth Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr to achieve that historic feat.
With her sights now set on becoming the youngest athlete ever to stand on the Games podium in 2022, she is training under Fraser’s tutelage alongside 2021 Fittest Man on Earth® Justin Medeiros.
WHAT'S NEW IN STRENGTH?
- Powerlifter Angel Flores was just featured on Season 6 of Queer Eye. It’s a tear-jerker!
- I command you to grow…is what Brandon Curry told his legs leading up to the 2021 Olympia.
- Hold onto your butts, Rogue has announced the second edition of the 50 calorie Echo Bike challenge.
- The day after firing Dave Castro, CrossFit released a statement explaining why.
- Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr is vying for a spot at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China, from Feb. 4-20, 2022, as part of the Australian Bobsleigh Team.
- The 2022 CrossFit Games rulebook is here.
- Who is former Vice President of Sport and Partnerships Justin Bergh, who has been promoted to assume Dave Castro’s previous job just seven weeks before the start of the 2022 CrossFit Open?
- Amanda Kohatsu joined the BarBend Podcast to discuss how she successfully switched from powerlifting to bodybuilding.