Meet Nicole Gordon

By Nicole Gordon

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She was once known as the woman who hit her finger with a sledgehammer at the 2009 CrossFit Games in Aromas, Calif. Today, Nicole Gordon might be more well known for being a member of CrossFit’s Level 1 Seminar Staff.

“I don’t know that everybody wakes up every day and has a job that they’re excited to go to,” Gordon says.

She’s also a coach at CrossFit Hampton Roads.

“My favorite parts are when somebody comes in and … they accomplished something outside of the gym that they never thought they could,” she says. “I am happy. I’m happy. I’m doing what I want to do.”

The animated mother of two also has a deep connection to her family.

“They’re awesome,” Gordon says of her children, fighting back tears. “I love my kids. I love my kids. They are my everything.”

Given how much she cares for her family, it might be surprising that Gordon spends a fair bit of time away from it when traveling to instruct at CrossFit Level 1 Seminars, but that just illustrates how she feels about teaching CrossFit to others.

“I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it so much and think it was worth two days of just not seeing them,” she says.

Video by Marston Sawyers.

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Additional reading: Defenders of the Realm by Hilary Achauer, published Oct. 29, 2012.

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16 Comments on “Meet Nicole Gordon”


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Just finished day one of my CrossFit Level 1 Cert at Hampton Roads CF. Great facility and great staff! Thanks for hosting Nicole. See you at regionals?


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Met Nicole in Wilmington, NC at the end of Jan this year for CFL1 Cert. She's a awesome trainer and represents CrossFit well. Very talented lady.

It was an honor to meet her along with the others CF trainers.


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Nicole is my biggest inspriration she has taught me so much! She radiates motivation! She is a great trainer,mom, and wife so very proud to be her sister in law!


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Such a nice and uplifting video of Nicole and Jeremy with their beautiful family. Met Nicole and Jeremy several times and both are such great people. Great to see others living a happy and fulfilling life.


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Hi Nicole, your video is so inspirational to me! I have two little little girls and the same passion as you. CrossFit is mine and my husband's life - our bread. We owe CrossFit Silicon Valley in San Jose. It is great to see your family living very similar way of living as we do. I have to admit to you my eyes got teary in the part about the kids.
Wish you and your family all the best, and thank you for the awesome video!

Michaela Xavier


Chris Cavallerano wrote …

They say you can pick your friends but you can't pick your family. Lucky for CrossFit, Nicole Gordon is that rare inspiration that makes friends easily and cares for those friends, and the growing CrossFit community, with a purpose and passion that most can only dream of.

Jeremy, Matthew, and Lilly you've got an amazing Wife, Mom, and the kindest CrossFit Firebreather ever... thanks for sharing.

Nicole, thanks for bringing your love for life and CrossFit to so many of us. We are made better because of you. Safe travels, more PRs, and keep inspiring the fire in yourself and others!


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Very inspiring video! Thank you!


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Just finished the Level One at Crossfit Hampton Roads and had the privilege of being coached and taught by Nicole.

Nicole, thank you so much for all the help. You are an awesome coach, and from seeing you with your family this weekend and in this video, I see where all of it comes from. I will hopefully see you again soon!


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Nicole, I had a great time this weekend at the level 1 cert. Your an amazing person and coach! Thanks to you and the rest of the seminar staff for making it all possible!


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I met Nicole at my Level 1 cert at CrossFit TNT in June 2012, and she was amazing. You could easily see her passion for CrossFit and developing those of us that were taking our first steps to becoming coaches. She has such a welcoming personality and it was great to see another side of her in the video with her kids - very touching.


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This video so perfectly captures Nicole's character. I owe Nicole and CFHR so much more than what words can describe...She knows what I am talking about. I only hope I can pay it forward. Thank you.


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Nicole, I was at that Games working for Concept2 the year that you hurt your finger. When you wanted to continue the WOD and row. I remember say that is one tough woman! That bloody rower went to CrossFit Diablo in case you ever want to row it again. - Greg / Concept2


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Met Nicole at CFHR during level 1 course. She is an awesome coach and trainer and more importantly a super awesome person.


Joseph Alexander wrote …

Awesome video about one of our best.


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Ugh! This is the best. Ever!


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Met Nicole at Alamo Crosffit at Level One seminar. She and her crew were awesome. I got a picture of the scar on her finger from the event in the video. She's the coolest!

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