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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.

During that time, his… Continue Reading

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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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The Brave

By Ashley Carriveau

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In the 2012 Open, Ashley Carriveau won the Northern California Region. That same year she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

It was a time she has mostly blocked from memory.

“It was awful. (My husband and I) were both in tears for a while. It was just devastating,” says the CrossFit San Jose athlete.

After extensive surgery, Carriveau set her mind on qualifying for the CrossFit Games, but she… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 283

By Justin Judkins

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Radio

July 06, 2013

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On Episode 283 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed two female CrossFit Games competitors: Natalie McLain from Colorado and Michelle Letendre from Quebec. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

2:20 Natalie McLain placed second at the South West Regional and qualified for the CrossFit Games for the first time. She gave her thoughts on the Regional competition and talked… Continue Reading

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Hack It Up?

By Chris Cooper

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Chris Cooper examines belts, squat suits and knee wraps for CrossFit athletes.

This year at the CrossFit Games, athletes will bolster their courage with meditation, concentration, HTFU and sometimes prayer.

Some will also brace their backs with leather, their wrists with reinforced nylon or their asses with polyester briefs.

But should they?

Supportive gear—belts, wraps and physio tape—might help an athlete lift more weight, do more reps and… Continue Reading

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