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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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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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All Day With Chad Mackay

By Michael McCoy

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It’s 5:45 a.m. in Sydney, Australia. Three-time CrossFit Games competitor Chad Mackay is finishing his breakfast. By 6:15, he’s got his first cup of coffee in hand and is off to coach the 6:45 class at CrossFit Active Waverton.

“Pretty much a standard day,” Mackay explains while he drives.

He’s at the chiropractor at 9 and at the exercise physiologist at 9:45. Just after 10:15, he’s stretching while he eats—with the clock running.

“It’s… Continue Reading

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Leading From the Back

By Maureen O’Hagan

In Athletes, Competition, CrossFit Games

April 29, 2014

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During the CrossFit Games Open, a lot of attention is focused on the athletes who finish on top. But could we learn even more from those lower on the Leaderboard?

Josh Bridges completed CrossFit Games Open Workout 14.5 in 7:49 minutes.

Samantha Briggs did it in 8:31.

And Cori Creran from Clifton, New Jersey, took 1 hour, 28 minutes.

Is she 10 times less fit than Briggs? Or is there a chance we’ve been… Continue Reading

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Warriors on the Waves

By Andréa Maria Cecil, Dave Re and Naveen Hattis

In Athletes, LEO/Mil, Medical/Injuries

April 19, 2014

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Operation Surf takes wounded members of the military into the ocean as part of its mission to rehabilitate with recreation.

It was Sept. 25, 2008. Sgt. 1st Class Charlie C. McCall, a U.S. Military Police officer, was asleep beneath a tent surrounded by buildings in Kandahar, Afghanistan. One of his soldiers slept nearby. The rocket hit right between them.

McCall has post-traumatic stress disorder, and his left leg is almost always in pain—“crazy pain… 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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