The 2015 Working Wounded Games were held Nov. 7-8 at CrossFit Lorton in Lorton, Virginia. An annual fitness competition, the event brings together wounded veterans, permanently injured people and adaptive athletes. This year, 63 competitors from the U.S., Canada, Chile and Brazil came to CrossFit Lorton to test their mettle.
Amanda Kloo, an athlete from CrossFit 77, has cerebral palsy and competed for the first time this year.
“I started all this because I wanted to learn to walk barefoot in the sand for my kids,” she says. “This is miles beyond that.”
When asked if facing new challenges in the competition is sometimes discouraging, Kloo displays the attitude that characterizes athletes who refuse to accept limitations.
“It is—but it’s also super motivating.”
“We all come from the same place,” says David “Chef” Wallach, founder of CrossFit Rubicon and creator of the Working Wounded Games. “Our configuration, how we were born, if we were injured—they affect who we become, but they don’t predetermine success or failure.”
Video by Mike Koslap.
Additional reading: “Warriors on the Waves” by Andréa Maria Cecil, Dave Re and Naveen Hattis, published April 19, 2014.