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April 21, 2013

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When former track-and-field star Marion Jones-Thompson stepped into CrossFit Texas, the coaches were perplexed: how do you coach such an accomplished athlete?

The answer was simple: treat her just like everyone else.

“I don’t expect when I sign up for there to be, like, balloons and all of that,” Jones-Thompson says with a laugh. “I’m an athlete. I wanted to work out.”

Also a former basketball player for the Tulsa Shock of the WNBA, the 37-year-old had been looking for a workout routine that wasn’t boring. A friend told her about CrossFit.

“I was hooked from the first time. It was a challenge. I loved the challenge,” she explains.

What she saw was women who were older and smaller doing “20 more pull-ups than me.”

Jones-Thompson started training at CrossFit Texas just a few days a week. That has since grown to four days a week.

“It’s given me a new community to live life with,” she says. “As you get older and move on in life, things become different in terms of priorities. You kind of figure out that that’s really what life is about: living life with people.”

Video by Lindsay and Elliot Schrock.

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Additional reading: The Marlins Go CrossFit by Paul Fournier, published March 4, 2010.

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5 Comments on “Finding a New Community: Marion Jones-Thompson”


wrote …

Still as gorgeous as ever! :)


wrote …

Is there any fear from the CrossFit brass that high level athletes will begin branching over to competing in the CrossFit Games when the money becomes lucrative enough? Being fit is one thing but applying that fitness to a trade or sport is what I consider athleticism. Froning is a bad dude don't get me wrong but has anyone seen the "touchdown for crossfit" video? Knowshon Moreno is no slouch. Just wondering if the higher ups are worried about their sport being monopolized by "outsiders"? I don't know if that even makes sense, but it is something to think about.


Chris Sinagoga wrote …

Cool video Marion! Glad you are enjoying this community.


wrote …

Kudos to CrossFit Texas for their approach, I would hope that if an olympian were to walk into my box, that I would provide the same level of expertise regardless of who I am coaching. Great video. Much love from our community in KC Missouri.


replied to comment from Joshua Burns

I think Crossfit would actually encourage it! They invite anyone and everyone to join the Worldwide Open in hopes of finding a standout athlete. Their goal is after all to find the fittest man and woman on Earth! Also remember that if you were an elite athlete, it doesn't necessarily mean you excel at everything (like the kind of fitness that Crossfit athletes strive for.) Pro Athletes can be highly specialized for their sports only.

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