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Always Fighting by Karyn Marshall - CrossFit Journal

Always Fighting

By Karyn Marshall

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Female weightlifters couldn’t compete in the Olympics until 2000, but that didn’t stop Karyn Marshall from setting a Guinness Book of World Records standard by being the first woman to clean and jerk 300 lb. In 2011, she was inducted into the USAW Hall of Fame by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Marshall, a former Wall Street financial analyst who is now a chiropractor, found the sport of fitness at CrossFit Shrewsbury, and in 2011 she finished sixth in the 55-60 Masters Division of the Reebok CrossFit Games. Shortly after, she found a lump in her breast.

Marshall finished chemotherapy in the middle of January 2012, and when she’s asked what kept her spirits up during her treatment, she smiles and says, “Thinking about CrossFit.”

She started training for the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games Open on Jan. 31, and while she isn’t where she wants to be, she’s determined to do her very best throughout the five weeks of competition.

“I’m going to try,” she says. “I’m going to give it my all. I’m going to do what I can do. And if every week I’m stronger, then every week I’m going to be moving up that leaderboard.”

Her goal: to make it back to the Reebok CrossFit Games.

After Open Event 1, Marshall was in 224th place, and she’ll be looking to climb the leaderboard for the next four events.

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Additional reading: Hear Her Roar by Andréa Maria Cecil, published March 3, 2011.

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10 Comments on “Always Fighting”


Zach Even - Esh wrote …

Karyn! You are amazing!!!!!

Keep kicking ass!

I live in Manasquan and my gym is in Edison! You're an amazing inspiration!

Thank you for sharing your story!

Zach :)


wrote …

Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many! You are truly amazing! Can't wait to see you move up that leader board!!


wrote …

From one survivor to another, I'm cheering you on. Thank you for sharing your amazing story.


wrote …

You are an inspiration. I will be pulling for you to make the games. Best of luck on your recovery.


wrote …

Wow! Just wow - Karyn you are amazing!


Gerard Mcauliffe wrote …

What an amazing inspiration. You don't hear any excuses from Karyn! Best of luck in your quest to qualify, i for one certainly don't doubt that you'll make it to the games.


wrote …

Fighter, doctor, inspiration. Thank you.


wrote …

Amazing inspiration!! cheering you on:)


wrote …

Incredible woman, truly inspirational! Go get em, Karyn!


wrote …

Wow thank you for sharing your story! Truly amazing how CrossFit changes how you look at life. You are a fighter, cancer is the loser! We are all cheering you on out there!

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