Sam Briggs, Brent Fikowski and more athletes Boycott the 2020 CrossFit Games

Following a racist tweet, recent accusations of sexism and a poor response form CrossFit HQ on these issues, Sam Briggs, Brent Fikowski, four-time individual qualifier Tim Paulson, three-time indy qualifier Camilla Salomonsson-Hellman, and two-time qualifier Emma McQuaid have all decided to boycott the 2020 CrossFit Games.

Their decision comes after Noah Olsen, Chandler Smith and Kristi Eramo O’Connell announced they’d boycott the Games for the same reason. Travis Mayer, Brooke Haas, David Shorunke and Pete Shaw have announced they won’t participate at the CrossFit Games until changes to CrossFit Inc. are made.Travis Mayer is a six-time CrossFit Games athlete and had qualified through the Open. Brooke Haas had also qualified through the Open, while David Shorunke qualified to the CrossFit Games via Strength in Depth and Canadian Pete Shaw won the SouthFit CrossFit Challenge.

SAM BRIGGS

“I found CrossFit in 2009 and instantly fell in love with the training methodology and the community.

I competed in my first Games in 2010 and knew this was what I was meant to do. The next 10 years I dedicated my life to competing and was proud to say I was a CrossFit athlete. I was proud to own a CrossFit affiliate. I’ve stuck around so long because I truly love the sport and meeting such incredible people.

It’s because of this that it is with such a heavy heart I say that this year I’m out. Until CrossFit has new ownership and I can once again say I’m proud to be called a CrossFit athlete, I will not represent or compete under the brand.”

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BRENT FIKOWSKI

“I’ve made the decision to not attend the 2020 CrossFit Games. If you’ve been following the news the last two weeks the reasons are pretty obvious.”

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TIM PAULSON

“Competing in CrossFit has been a huge part of my life and who I am for the last 8+ years, and I’ve dedicated so much time and energy to earning the title of ‘Crossfit Games Athlete’ year after year, and improving my placing among the Fittest on Earth. Between that, and being a coach and affiliate owner, CrossFit has been a massive part of my existence.
It’s with an incredibly heavy heart that I say I will not be competing in my 4th Crossfit Games – for many of the same reasons we are de-affiliating @pallas.fitness. It’s time to stand up for change”

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EMMA MCQUAID

“It is every competitor’s dream to make it to the pinnacle of their sport. When, however the person in charge of that sport publicly espouses values which are at complete variance with one’s own convictions then it is time to walk away.⁣”

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Camilla Salomonsson-Hellman

“I will not be competing at The CrossFit Games 2020.
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I’m no longer proud or comfortable competing under the name Crossfit until bigger changes are put in place. In my opinion it’s not enough that Greg is stepping down as a CEO. In the future I would love to see that the name ”CrossFit” does not belong to someone anymore and become a free word/way of exercising such as ”pilates” or ”hot yoga”. We are so many out here loving what we do. Until recently I used to like calling myself a CrossFitter, but now I don’t anymore. I’m truly sad about all of this and it did require help from the other athletes in the field. I’m very grateful that we got together and talked it out together before acting so that we could help each other. I’m hoping there will be better things for us in the future.”

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