After a year of training for a podium spot at this year’s CrossFit Games, Becca Voigt reached her goal—while battling two forms of vertigo. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.
On the second round of muscle-ups, she started to feel it. Something wasn’t right. She continued, moving on to 10 165-lb. deadlifts, 15 GHD sit-ups and then the 100-yard sprint. But in the first third of the run, Becca Voigt fell on all fours.
“We need a medic!” the emcee yelled into the microphone as spectators stared.
“I was dead set on not letting that happen,” Voigt said more than a month after the Games. “I finished, got back to the rings. Kris Clever was still going, so I knew I had a good chance of doing the workout on time.”
And she did. Voigt finished the second day’s first workout with a time of 10:50, tying Gretchen Kittelberger for 15th.
Nine days before the Games, Voigt had been in a car accident.
“I freaked out when it happened because I was scared I wasn’t going to be able to compete,” Voigt remembered.
But she did. And she didn’t just compete; she finished third overall. And she didn’t just finish third; she took a podium spot while battling two forms of vertigo.