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The Story in North Central

By Michael Dalton

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The North Central Regional was certainly filled with surprises.

After Day 1, Games veteran Alex Nettey sat atop the Leaderboard in a spot many had reserved for Kyle Kasperbauer, who finished third at the CrossFit Games in 2012. On their heels was rookie Jacob Heppner.

“I’d like to make it, but I’m not gonna place money on myself,” Heppner said with a smile at the end of Day 1.

On the women’s side, 2012 and 2013 regional winner … Continue Reading

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Enemy Mind

By Ed Tseng

In Athletes, Competition

June 15, 2014

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Your thoughts can derail your performance—but only if you let them.

Here are some common thoughts at CrossFit boxes all over the world:

“I can’t wait until this is over. I can’t sleep the night before a competition.”

“The countdown: There’s no turning back. These are the most stressful 10 seconds of my day.”

“The clock gives me instant anxiety, and it takes me a minute or two to get my focus back.”

“This is exciting!”

“Let’s do this!”

“I love to compete!”

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Although it shared its weekend with four other events, the Central East Regional was the show-stopper. The competitors’ names alone were enough to pique the interest of even the casual CrossFit Games observer: Julie Foucher, Rich Froning, Marcus Hendren, Graham Holmberg, Michelle Kinney and Scott Panchik.

“My professional opinion is that Rich—no matter what happens—is just unstoppable,” said commentator Chase Ingraham, who is also a member of CrossFit’s Level 1… Continue Reading

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The Story in Canada East

By Jeremy Podlog

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Sharing its weekend with four other events around the world—Australia, Central East, Europe and North West—the Canada East Regional proved to be an equally riveting show.

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and Michele Letendre rekindled their rivalry, and Letendre found herself on the edge of qualifying for the CrossFit Games again amid ever-growing competition.

Kristine Andali gave Letendre a run for her money as only 1 point separated the… Continue Reading

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The Story in Canada West

By Jeremy Podlog and Martin Ray

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Competing on the first weekend of Regionals, Canada West athletes knew the top dogs on the men’s side: last year’s Games athletes, Lucas Parker and Tyson Takasaki. But the women’s side was wide open with last year’s qualifiers—Heather Gillespie and Erin Light—not competing.

“It’s going to be a real dogfight because there are only two spots,” Parker said before the event. “But now there’s a good 10 or so guys that could put up a… Continue Reading

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Guerrero

By Jay Vera

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On May 4, 2013, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero faced off against boxing welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather. After 12 rounds, the decision was unanimous: Mayweather retained his title.

Guerrero began picking apart the defeat.

“There’s more stuff I could have done in the gym,” he says.

The 31-year-old had known Dave Castro, CrossFit Inc.’s Director of the CrossFit Games/Director of Training, since turning professional 13 years earlier, and Castro had been… Continue Reading

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All Access Part 2: Roll On

By Chris Cooper

In Athletes, Medical/Injuries

May 27, 2014

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Athletes in wheelchairs are experts at adapting. Now they’re joining CrossFit affiliates in growing numbers.

Chris Stoutenberg fractured three thoracic vertebrae falling from his friend’s balcony on June 18, 1997. Paralyzed from the waist down, “Stouty” woke up with metal rods in his spine and a huge hole in his life: Sports, at which he’d always excelled, seemed gone forever. He was 19.

Despite the injury, Stoutenberg fought to recover, copying the exercises… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

May 15, 2014

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It’s three weeks before the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Regionals begin, and Julie Foucher is dividing her time between medical school and the gym.

She trains in the morning, focuses on school during the day and then trains again in the evening.

And since her last time competing in the Games, in 2012, Foucher has been improving her gymnastics technique by working with two gymnasts: Mike Canales, formerly of Ohio State University… Continue Reading

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