Sarah Dunsmore was in third place at the end of the first day of the 2009 CrossFit Games. She finished 13th overall about a year after recovering from several major back surgeries that made walking a painful experience.
After discovering CrossFit in August of 2008, Dunsmore quickly found out that the program felt a lot like physical therapy and actually yielded similar results. The former collegiate rugby player (UNC) found that CrossFit helped her get stronger and feel better, and she’s been injury-free ever since.
At the Games, the 120-lb. Dunsmore turned in a dynamic performance, winning both the opening run and the sledgehammer/rowing WOD. It turns out Dunsmore’s training was very well suited to the events that came up at the Games, and her love of running uphill certainly came in handy in the sandbag sprint.
As for the 2010 Games, Dunsmore, who won the Midwest Regional less than a year after starting CrossFit, is excited to see what kind of athletes make it to the Games this year.
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Additional reading: The Sweet 16 by Mike Warkentin, published July 22, 2009.