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Being Present by Valerie Voboril - CrossFit Journal

Being Present

By Valerie Voboril

In Athletes, CrossFit, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

August 23, 2013

Video Article

The night before the final day of this year’s CrossFit Games, Sam Briggs had a dream.

“Wouldn’t it be so awesome if we swept the podium: one, two and three?” she asked Lindsey Valenzuela and Valerie Voboril. Both Valenzuela and Voboril train at DogTown CrossFit, and Briggs spent time there before the Games.

Briggs’ dream became reality: she finished first, with Valenzuela second and Voboril third.

But going into the competition, 35-year-old Voboril had no expectations. And she didn’t look at the Leaderboard once. If she worried about her rank, she says, she wouldn’t be having fun.

“If I want to be successful, I just have to go out and give it my 100 percent,” says Voboril, who has a 1-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

“I’m a lot more present, I feel like, since I’ve had daughter,” she says. “Being strong or being fit, I felt like, was one of the only things that defined me. And now it’s nice that that’s not the only thing that defines me. So it takes a little bit of the pressure off, in a sense.”

Voboril adds: “It’s cool that I can be a mom, I can be a dedicated full-time teacher, and I can still be a high-level competitive athlete.”

Video by Torin Simpson.

7min 27sec

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SD mov file size: 52 MB

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Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 287 by Justin Judkins, published Aug. 3, 2013.

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