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