Maureen O’Hagan examines the dearth of females in the upper ranks of CrossFit coaches.
Pop quiz: Name three people who coach CrossFit Games athletes.
If you follow the Sport of Fitness at all, you’ll have no trouble. Bergeron. Martin. Chapman. Hyland. And so on.
Now for Part 2: Name three top female coaches—that is, women who coach Games athletes.
We posed this question to nearly a dozen longtime CrossFitters, and here’s what they came up with:
Eva Claire Synkowski, said two-time Games competitor Annie Sakamoto. Eva Claire Synkowski, said Hollis Molloy of CrossFit Santa Cruz. Eva Claire Synkowski, said Ben Bergeron of CrossFit New England. But beyond “E.C.” Synkowski, Bergeron just scratched his head.
“I can’t name another female that coaches a Games-level athlete,” he said. “Which is really kind of shocking.”
So where are all the female coaches?