Streets to Scholarship

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Athletes, CrossFit Football

August 17, 2014

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A homeless high-school dropout with a felony charge and a son, Damian Relierford now has a football scholarship and wants to help kids like him. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

The tattoo on his forehead reads “Damebo.” It’s his nickname. He got it when he was high.

“I do regret it but I don’t.”

It’s a reminder of his missteps, but also of how far he’s come.

“I was a thug, a street guy, basically. … Selling weed, doing weed, doing cocaine.”

Damian Relierford dropped out of high school, had a child by the time he was 19 and twice went to jail—the first time for fraud, the second for throwing an empty beer can at his son’s mother. All along, one thing never wavered: his passion for football.

Relierford had shown talent for the sport early in life. And it was no surprise. His uncle is Fresno State wide receiver Josh Harper, whom the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation named to the 2014 Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list in mid-July. Another uncle, Matt Harper, is assistant special-teams coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. And his grandfather is Willie Harper, outside linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers from 1973 to 1983 and a 1972 All-American at the University of Nebraska.

When Relierford found himself in jail for the second time—at 20—he started having some realizations. Looking back on his short life of transgressions, he began thinking about what could have been.

“I felt like I wasted a lot of time,” he said.

In the moment, he thought, “I did all that to myself. If I want to give my son a better opportunity… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

August 16, 2014

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On July 4, Matt Chan had a serious accident but lived to lift again.

While on a mountain-bike ride with his wife, Cherie, in Boulder, Colorado, Matt fell and landed on his handlebars, resulting in an emergency flight and surgery to repair injuries to several arteries and veins.

“Mountain biking at high speeds, down rocky descents, with full pads and everything like that is scary looking,” Matt says. “That is not what I was doing.”

He adds… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 342

By Justin Judkins

In Radio

August 15, 2014

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On Episode 342 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed four-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning. This episode was webcast on April 23, 2014.

1:01 At the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games, Rich Froning earned the title Fittest Man on Earth for the fourth consecutive year. The champ has competed in the Games five times and explained how 2014 was different. Froning had his struggles this year and… Continue Reading

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Functional Fighting

By Hilary Achauer

In Combatives, MMA

August 14, 2014

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While some Brazilian jiu-jitsu athletes don’t see the link between CrossFit and martial arts, others say general physical preparedness can help athletes win on the mat.

Garth Taylor started doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 1994, and by 1998 he was winning national-level championships. But Taylor wanted more. What he really wanted was a world title. Taylor’s coach, Claudio Franca, told him if he wanted to win a world championship, he didn’t need… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos

August 13, 2014

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In January 2014, CrossFit hosted its first Level 1 Seminar in Israel. Seminar Staff member Russell Berger took the opportunity to spend an extra week traveling the country, visiting its affiliates and experiencing the culture. In this six-part series, explore the Holy Land with Berger and the local community.

It all started in 2011 when a group of Israeli athletes traveled to Stamford, Connecticut, to attend a Level 1 Seminar at CrossFit Hybrid… Continue Reading

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Emotions in Motion

By Emily Beers

In Athletes, CrossFit Games

August 11, 2014

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Emily Beers finds the tests of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games are more mental than physical.

When I qualified to the CrossFit Games, I was ecstatic. Overjoyed. Just happy to be there. My original performance goal was humble at best: not to come dead last. And I accomplished that by finishing 37th.

But the problem with being competitive is you never enjoy being near the bottom—even when your competition happens to be the entire world.

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