Redemption Year

By Elyse Umeda

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Videos

September 14, 2010

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Elyse Umeda of CrossFit Hawaii/Hardass Fitness actually qualified for the 2009 CrossFit Games but was unable to compete due to an illness in the family. For her, 2010 was a “redemption year,” and she made the most of it, finishing 11th at the Games in a tribute to her grandfather.

In this video shot in the warm-up area at the Home Depot Center, Umeda talks about what drove her to get back to the Games, what it felt like to finally get to compete in the test of the world’s fittest, and how she discovered the sport of fitness.

7min 24sec

Additional reading: Event Recap: Southwest Regional.

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4 Comments on “Redemption Year”


wrote …

Cool interview.


wrote …

very cool perspective! love the mentality! I believe the reach of the (unintentional) crossfit ripple effect that occurs when you start is hard to measure, not only in your own life but in those ever expanding circles of positive attitude that contact others around you and spread the energy. Well done Elyse.


wrote …

Way to go Elyse! It was great working with you. Best of luck in your training and can't wait to watch you kick butt again next year!



wrote …

great interview, crossfit does breed awesome people !

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