When Mikko Salo was a teenager, he trained on holidays, including Christmas.
“I still think that I didn’t miss anything. I’ve done the things that need to be done,” says the hardworking 33-year-old, who has lived in Pori, Finland, all his life.
Salo won the CrossFit Games in 2009 and finished fifth in 2010. The next year, he ruptured his eardrum during the ocean swim of the first Games event, and he was forced to withdraw. Six months later, he required knee surgery that took him out of contention for 2012. The stoic Finn missed competition but took the setbacks in stride.
“That’s just life. Something always happens,” he says. “And sometimes they are like good things, sometimes they are bad things. But it’s inevitable.”
Right now, the man who finished second at the Europe Regional is focused on one thing: “My goal at the moment is to show myself that I’m able to fight for the fittest man of the world title.”
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Additional reading: Salo, Wagner Win 2009 CrossFit Games by Mike Warkentin, published July 14, 2009.