CrossFit Games competitor and affiliate owner Nicole Gordon and Maj. Don Clarkson of Fort Hood joined Justin on Episode 95 of CrossFit Radio, webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009.
Justin began the show by reading some e-mail he received this past week from teachers using CrossFit in their PE classes. The teachers gave feedback and offered tips on what’s working for them, also describing the success their students have enjoyed.
9:45 Nicole Gordon is best known for her gutsy performance during the sledgehammer event at the Games. After viciously smashing her finger, she completed the WOD and had to take a quick trip to the hospital. She made it back in time to continue and eventually finished 49th overall. Nicole talked about the severity of the injury and recalled what she was thinking after it happened. The owner of CrossFit Hampton Roads went on to talk about her training and how she decides which WOD she’ll attack on a particular day. Nicole spoke candidly about her weaknesses and how she needs to tailor her training for next year’s CrossFit competitions. Since May, CrossFit Hampton Roads has been holding a Biggest Loser competition, and as the event nears its end next week, Nicole related some of the benefits the program has provided to her athletes.
36:00 Maj. Dave Clarkson came on the show to talk about the Lumberjack CrossFit Memorial Hero WOD that was designed as a fundraiser for the families affected by the horrific shooting at Fort Hood earlier this month. Of the casualties, four of the dead and 11 of the injured were were members of Lumberjack CrossFit. Terribly, 19 children lost one of their parents that day. Clarkson explained how and when the fundraiser will take place and what CrossFitters can do to support the worthy cause. Clarkson’s wife came up with the idea, and when Coach Glassman and CrossFit HQ heard about it they marshaled their forces to make it happen in a very short period of time.
In memory of those who were killed in the shooting at Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009, the show ended with a reading of the names of those brave men and women.