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Amazing Grace

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Athletes, CrossFit Games

August 20, 2014

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Rich Froning overcomes all adversity and pressure to stand atop the CrossFit Games podium for the fourth consecutive year.

He looked determined, almost angry.

It was seconds before Sunday’s Midline March at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games—the first individual event of the final day. Three-time champ Rich Froning awaited the buzzer.

Between these athletes and the finish line were 3 rounds of 25 GHD sit-ups, a 50-foot handstand walk and 50 feet of… Continue Reading

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Streets to Scholarship

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Athletes, CrossFit Football

August 17, 2014

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A homeless high-school dropout with a felony charge and a son, Damian Relierford now has a football scholarship and wants to help kids like him. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

The tattoo on his forehead reads “Damebo.” It’s his nickname. He got it when he was high.

“I do regret it but I don’t.”

It’s a reminder of his missteps, but also of how far he’s come.

“I was a thug, a street guy, basically. Selling weed, doing weed, doing… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

August 16, 2014

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On July 4, Matt Chan had a serious accident but lived to lift again.

While on a mountain-bike ride with his wife, Cherie, in Boulder, Colorado, Matt fell and landed on his handlebars, resulting in an emergency flight and surgery to repair injuries to several arteries and veins.

“Mountain biking at high speeds, down rocky descents, with full pads and everything like that is scary looking,” Matt says. “That is not what I was doing.”

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Emotions in Motion

By Emily Beers

In Athletes, CrossFit Games

August 11, 2014

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Emily Beers finds the tests of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games are more mental than physical.

When I qualified to the CrossFit Games, I was ecstatic. Overjoyed. Just happy to be there. My original performance goal was humble at best: not to come dead last. And I accomplished that by finishing 37th.

But the problem with being competitive is you never enjoy being near the bottom—even when your competition happens to be the entire world.

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CrossFit Media video producer Torin Simpson spent five days on James Hobart’s couch in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, to get a feel for what drives the second-place finisher at the North East Regional.

“I learned that there’s a lot more to James Hobart than the competitor you will see at the CrossFit Games,” Simpson says. “In fact, competition is perhaps the least important aspect of his life.”

Family is among the most important.

“I’m very close to… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 339

By Justin Judkins

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Radio

July 19, 2014

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On Episode 339 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit Games competitors Emily Bridgers and Jerry Hill. This episode was webcast on July 16, 2014.

1:40 Winning the South East Regional gave Emily Bridgers a confidence boost going into the CrossFit Games. She talked about competing at the regional and she said she’ll use her experience in the 2013 Affiliate Cup competition to help her as… Continue Reading

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Hanging up His Shoes

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Athletes

July 15, 2014

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A legend in the CrossFit community, Chris Spealler bids farewell to CrossFit Games competition in 2014. Andréa Maria Cecil examines the man and the myth.

It was Oct. 8, 1966, a Saturday. Iowa State University faced the University of Kansas in the Big 8 football conference.

The Cyclones had been having kickoff trouble, and the team was about to unveil its new weapon: a 5-foot-5 man weighing 126 lb. Like his teammates, he wore a… Continue Reading

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Only Three

By Sevan Matossian, Hayley Parlen, Matt Krautstrunk and Gary Roberts

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In 2014, the only competitors going to the CrossFit Games are those who qualify at regionals—no special invitations, no past-champ rule, no wild cards.

In the Central East Region, that means only the top three go to the Games, and the region is arguably the toughest one for male athletes. Among the competitors are two past champs, several top-10 Games finishers and a whole line of tough athletes hungry for a ticket to Carson, California.

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