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Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus. His name is Arnie

Arnie Robinson sent me an email today with an early Christmas present. Arnie, organizer of the Resolution Games on Jan. 11-12 in Pompano Beach, Florida has decided to scale weights in the masters division!

67 year old Jim Bimonte of CFHC Pompano Beach is the latest master's competitor to sign up for The Resolution Games.

67 year old Jim Bimonte of CFHC Pompano Beach is the latest master’s competitor to sign up for The Resolution Games.

What does this mean? For starters, it means a 54-year-old woman, such as moi, won’t have to lift as much as a 40-year-old woman. There is still only one masters division, but Arnie has decided to scale the weights by decades. Age 40 is still the minimum age for the masters division, but 50-59-year-olds will lift 10 pounds less than the 40-49 year olds. Masters athletes between 60-69 will be scaled another 10 pounds and 70+ yearolds – God love em – will be scaled even more.

This is brilliant. Scaling within the masters division doesn’t require extra heats – which would make the competition last even longer. Masters still compete together and against each other, but with different weights depending on their age.

But wait, there’s more! Arnie has also created a Masters Team division! Yes, you heard me correct. A Masters Team division.

And if you order now, you get 25% OFF registration just because you are a Crossfitter of a Certain Age. Use coupon code CertainAge25 on the registration page.

This is our chance to show the CrossFit world that masters athletes will come out and compete if the playing field is level.

Thanks Arnie!

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I don’t often act like a 14-year-old at a Justin Bieber concert, but when I do, I look like a fool. Which is exactly what happened yesterday at RAID GAMES 4 in Deerfield Beach, Florida when I turned around and saw Gabriele “The Tigress” Schlicht roaming around the arena.

OMG! I ran and got my camera and of course she was more than Me Gaby gracious – albeit probably a little embarrassed by my enthusiasm.

For those of you who skipped the Masters competition portion of the Crossfit Games last month, Schlict was the winner of the Women’s 55-59 Division. And it wasn’t the first time she won her division either.

She wore her medal and I’m glad she did. “OMG! Is this your medal?” I asked. “Can I touch it?”

I’m such an asshole sometimes.

I’m glad she wore her medal so the younger athletes can see what the world’s top 57-year-old female athlete looks like. Crossfit has no age and Schlict looks awesome. Schlict owns Crossfit Deerfield Beach and she was more concerned and proud of the four teams representing her box than she was about the medal around her neck.

As for my own performance yesterday, let’s just say I sucked. But today is redemption day and I intend to kick ass.

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If you missed any of last year’s Masters events, you can watch here

Let the games begin – at 8 am July 23! Seems only fitting that the Masters should kick things off.

I’m curious as to what you all think about the workouts: The weights and standards.

Leaderboard is also ready to go for masters. mASTERS

ESPN3 is covering the games. However, you won’t see any masters competition tomorrow on ESPN3 – the network covering the Crossfit Games this year. Apparently, girls high school lacrosse and cricket are more important. Still, you can watch the masters events LIVE on Games.Crossfit.com (the link apparently isn’t working yet.)

You may want to check NOW to see if your carrier provides ESPN3. Some just carry ESPN. Here is everything you need to know about ESPN3’s coverage. Here is a schedule of live and web coverage.

HERE ARE THE U.S. MASTERS ATHLETES

Northeast

Mid-Atlantic

Northwest

Southeast Women

Southeast Men

North Central – no page

Northern California – no page

South Central – no page

Southwest – no page

Southern California – no page

(“no page” means there is no separate article on the master team from that region.)