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“I’ll Do It All”

By Deborah Cordner Carson

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When Deborah Cordner Carson asks herself why she does CrossFit, she looks at her grandfather’s weightlifting belt and remembers.

“I see my grandfather and how he sacrificed at some point in his life to achieve something,” she says. “It makes sense and it makes me feel like I was meant to do this.”

Cordner Carson’s grandfather was the heavyweight-lifting champion of the British Empire from 1942 to 1944.

The 33-year-old Minnesota athlete is known… Continue Reading

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After opening an affiliate with his brother Aryan in 2012, Aja Barto almost decided to forgo the 2013 CrossFit Games season.

“When I first came into it I was overwhelmed. I was potentially on the borderline of just, ya know, not competing this year because I wanted to give everything I had to my gym,” says the three-time Games qualifier.

After talking with those closest to him, Barto, 26, realized… Continue Reading

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Start Movin’

By Scott Olson

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When Scott Olson’s daughter told him about her CrossFit workouts that involved hundreds of reps at a time, he thought it was “nuts.”

“Nobody can do 100 pull-ups,” he thought.

But Olson gave it a try, and then another, and then he kept coming back. Today, he is the reigning champ in the 60-Plus Masters Division at the CrossFit Games, and he has competed there three times.

“To me, it’s more the fear of losing… Continue Reading

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Mistakes and Forgiveness

By Austin Malleolo

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Before he was a four-time CrossFit Games competitor, he was a self-described “asshole” kid.

Not many people know Austin Malleolo was the type of renegade who was in trouble with the law and ended up going to reform school for two years.

“It was a big turning point for me from the perspective of ‘the decisions I make and the people I surround myself with can directly affect my entire life,’” he says of reform school.

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Speal’s First Year Out

By Matt Chan, Eric O’Connor and Chris Spealler

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When Chris Spealler walks into the StubHub Center this year in Carson, Calif., it won’t be as an athlete. It will be as a media commentator.

“That is going to be a really difficult experience for me,” says the legendary CrossFit athlete who has competed at six iterations of the CrossFit Games, “but I think … it’s more important for me to show the community how to handle that with grace than with… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 284

By Justin Judkins

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Radio

July 14, 2013

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On Episode 284 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit Games Masters competitor and CrossFit Oldtown owner Jerry Hill. Justin also interviewed Kyle Kasperbauer, who finished third at last year’s Games. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

3:18 CrossFit Oldtown owner Jerry Hill placed fifth at last year’s Games in the Masters 45-49 division. He’s… Continue Reading

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A Champion Returns

By Mikko Salo

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

July 12, 2013

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When Mikko Salo was a teenager, he trained on holidays, including Christmas.

“I still think that I didn’t miss anything. I’ve done the things that … need to be done,” says the hardworking 33-year-old, who has lived in Pori, Finland, all his life.

Salo won the CrossFit Games in 2009 and finished fifth in 2010. The next year, he ruptured his eardrum during the ocean swim of the first Games event, and he was forced to… Continue Reading

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Throughout the hotly contested men’s competition at the Central East Regional, spectators kept asking the same question: If both Rich Froning Jr. and Graham Holmberg qualify for the CrossFit Games, then how many others go to Carson, Calif.? Top four? Top five?

The Games Rulebook states, “If a past Champion of the Games takes a qualifying spot in any Region, one additional athlete from that division will be invited… Continue Reading

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