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Jian Jackson was born healthy. At about 5 months old, she had a high fever at the orphanage where she lived in China. Four days later, she wasn’t moving her legs anymore.

“By then they took her to a doctor, but it was too late,” explains Stacie Jackson, Jian’s adoptive mother. “The doctors here think it was polio.”

The 8-year-old suffered nerve damage to both legs, and she now uses her hands to move, with her legs and feet… Continue Reading

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Growing up in the Congo, 21-year-old Charlotte Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo lifted. But he admits he didn’t know what he was doing.

“I (would) just go to YouTube and find whatever, ya know,” says the 6-foot-9 athlete, laughing.

When he arrived in the U.S., he searched for a place to build his physicality. That’s when he found Josh Elmore, owner of CrossFit Eternal in North Carolina.

“When I started, I didn’t have any balance… Continue Reading

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The Hospital Affiliate

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Affiliation, Medical/Injuries

April 21, 2014

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Five years ago, Ken Smithmier found CrossFit. Then it found his hospital. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

After 59-nine-year-old hospital CEO Ken Smithmier got hooked on CrossFit training, he traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., for a CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course in April 2009.

When he got back, he called a lunch meeting with the trainers involved in Decatur Memorial Hospital’s community wellness program. He told them about CrossFit.

Soon after, CrossFit… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 326

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, Athletes, CrossFit Games, Radio

April 18, 2014

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On Episode 326 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed two veteran CrossFit Games athletes who qualified for the Regional round of competition in 2014. Gary Helmick placed second in the Open in the Mid Atlantic Region, and Tommy Hackenbruck took first place in the South West. This episode was webcast on April 16, 2014.

1:35 Former minor-league baseball player Gary Helmick is looking to earn a return trip to the Games after… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos

April 13, 2014

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When the University of Nevada, Reno’s CrossFit affiliate first started running classes, eight people showed up. The next day, 16 people arrived. On the third day, 30.

“We knew we were on to something. We also knew we were in trouble because we had to go spend more money,” explains Jim Fitzsimmons, director of campus recreation and wellness.

Since then, the university’s affiliate has shared space inside the Lombardi Recreation… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 325

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, Radio

April 12, 2014

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On Episode 325 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed two athletes who qualified to a CrossFit Games Regional. Alea Helmick placed first in the Open in the Mid Atlantic Region, and Brennan Fjord was second in the South West. This episode was webcast on April 9, 2014.

3:25 Alea Helmick was fifth in the Open in her region last year but took first in the Mid Atlantic in 2014. At… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, CrossFit, HD Videos

April 10, 2014

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Some know him as a coach, some as “the man in the short shorts.” Others know him as the winner of the fourth season of Maximum Warrior, a reality-TV competition for people with military experience.

Derek Hutchison, owner of CrossFit Coeur D’Alene in Idaho, is a man of many talents. Among them is his “modeling” in his affiliate’s video It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, celebrating this year’s CrossFit Games Open. In it he wore… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos

April 03, 2014

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Brian Costello knows autism. His brother was diagnosed with the developmental disorder at the age of 2.

Today, the owner of CrossFit Long Island runs a class specifically for children and teenagers with autism and other mental disorders.

“The first class, I was nervous … I didn’t have a real solid plan,” Costello recalls.

But things went better than expected.

“They didn’t reject the hard work. … They seemed to embrace it a little,” he says.

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