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Thin Air, Thick Bonds by Todd Bittner - CrossFit Journal

Thin Air, Thick Bonds

By Todd Bittner

In CrossFit, Medical/Injuries, Videos

May 27, 2012

Video Article

Birth defects left 46-year-old Todd Bittner with only one kidney and damage to his heart, and he wears two artificial legs. That doesn’t slow him down much.

Bittner is a high-school assistant principal and athletic director, as well as a member of CrossFit Thin Air in Winter Park, Colo. He’s played baseball, and he was a rings specialist in high school. He was a member of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team in the ’90s, and he recently competed in the Reebok CrossFit Games Open.

“Regardless of what your body type is, regardless of who you are, how old, CrossFit is by far and away the best workout in this country,” he says.

Bittner particularly loves the community aspect of CrossFit, which unites rural people living at 9,000 feet in the mountains of Colorado.

“You can be (as) isolated as you want, or you can be part of a family and community. That’s what CrossFit Thin Air brings us: a family and community,” he says. “My wife brought me into it. It’s been one of the best things in the world.”

5min 51sec

Additional video: Why Do I CrossFit? by Ben Lunak, aired April 12, 2010.

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6 Comments on “Thin Air, Thick Bonds”


wrote …

Outstanding! You are a great example for the kids in your school!


wrote …

Todd, you inspire me as an athlete and a coach. It is a privilege to work out with both you and Deb! Thank you for all that you do!


wrote …

You rock Todd!


wrote …

Amazing...people like you inspire me for work out every day.
Thank you.


wrote …

Todd, even after watching weeks of Regionals coverage and seeing the unbelievable performances, world records, etc, it is your everyday effort that I find most inspiring. No offense to any of the games competitors- they are merely super human.


wrote …

Great video. What an inspiration. Thank you!

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