Since 2011, Lisa Long and her daughter, Rory Zambard, were hoping to both qualify for the CrossFit Games and experience the competition together. But life got in the way and Long went alone in 2011, finishing ninth in the 50-54 Masters Division.
This year, however, was different: both mother and daughter competed at the Games.
“It’s heaven, a little slice of heaven,” Long says. “It is a beautiful thing to be here with her.”
Mother went home with a silver medal in the 55-59 Masters Division, and daughter finished 14th overall among the individual women. It’s been a long time coming as 55-year-old Long found CrossFit in 2005, when Zambard was 14.
Rainier CrossFit has been a great place to cultivate friendships, Long says, and was an ideal place for her teenager. Now Zambard is a member of CrossFit’s Level 1 Seminar Staff.
“That is one of the things that does make me cheerful is just to have your child bloom into a beautiful, powerful woman,” Long says. “It makes me want to be like her, and then she says she wants to be more like me and, ya know, it’s a symmetry that’s unlike anything else.”
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Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 275 by Justin Judkins, published May 9, 2013.