In 2007, Erin Cafaro had been rowing for three years and had been on the U.S. national team for a year and a half.
The next year was an Olympic one, and Cafaro needed to get stronger. Through her brother, she discovered CrossFit. Not only did Cafaro make the team, but her team won gold in Beijing.
This year, she’s headed back to the Olympics.
“If you’ve been to the Olympics before, it’s not a given that you get to go again,” explains Cafaro, who also helps with CrossFit Rowing seminars. “You have to prove yourself every single time.”
For the past four years, her brother, mobility guru Kelly Starrett and now-boyfriend Brian MacKenzie of CrossFit Endurance have been coaching her in one form or another.
In addition to sport-specific training, she does CrossFit workouts “whenever my body feels like I can handle the additional work,” Cafaro says.
“I don’t think I would probably be back on the Olympic team if I hadn’t found CrossFit and hadn’t met the people I’ve met,” Cafaro says. “It encourages you to challenge yourself and evolve.”
Video by Again Faster.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 133 by Justin Judkins, published Aug. 18, 2010.