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Game of Moans

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Combatives, Sports Applications

May 01, 2014

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Medieval-combat fighters turn to CrossFit in preparation for brutal battles to come at the world championships in Spain.

His arms were pinned beneath the wooden dowel. Standing behind him, an attacker pulled the dowel tighter against his forearms. Both men struggled to maintain their footing. Then, with a sudden maneuver, the assailant further tightened the dowel and took his target to the ground with a thud.

Dmitriy Ryaboy and Jeff Galli… Continue Reading

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Growing up in the Congo, 21-year-old Charlotte Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo lifted. But he admits he didn’t know what he was doing.

“I (would) just go to YouTube and find whatever, ya know,” says the 6-foot-9 athlete, laughing.

When he arrived in the U.S., he searched for a place to build his physicality. That’s when he found Josh Elmore, owner of CrossFit Eternal in North Carolina.

“When I started, I didn’t have any balance… Continue Reading

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Ninjas by Nature

By Chris Cooper

In Parkour, Sports Applications

March 28, 2014

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American Ninja Warrior brings sudden fame to previously unknown parkour athletes and freerunners who are only in it for the love of the sport.

The television show American Ninja Warrior has bridged the gap between simple street tricks and sport, promising—and delivering—a measured degree of mainstream fame for popular YouTube antiheroes such as David “Flip” Rodriguez and Drew Drechsler.

Hopeful contestants now train year round, building their… Continue Reading

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Crashing the Party

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Rowing, Sports Applications

March 04, 2014

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CrossFit athletes increased their presence at this year’s CRASH-B event, helping the sport of rowing grow and change its image. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

When Syn Martinez walked into the arena, he didn’t notice the stares. As a 6-foot-2 tattooed black man who often wears T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Afro Brutality,” a guy gets accustomed to things.

Beside him was Sarah Grey, an athlete at Martinez’s affiliate, CrossFit Harlem. She’s a 5-foot-7… Continue Reading

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Free to Fly

By Chris Cooper

In Sports Applications

February 17, 2014

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CrossFit athlete A.J. Kemppainen will take to the air as freeskiing is contested for the first time at the Olympics.

A skier at 5. Twin-tip skis at 12. Sponsors at 15. Pro card at 17. CrossFit at 23. The Olympics at 24.

Freeskier A.J. Kemppainen grew up on skis. Raised in the ski-resort town of Ruka, Finland, Kemppainen has done most of his skiing under the dark sky in the wintertime. When he moved… Continue Reading

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The Need for Speed

By Emily Beers

In Competition, Sports Applications

February 15, 2014

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Bobsled athletes train for five seconds of raw power followed by an icy 60-second thrill ride at 90 mph.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld does a stand-up routine about the Olympics and makes fun of the sports of bobsled and luge.

“The luge is the only sport I’ve ever seen that you could have people competing in it against their will and it would be exactly the same,” he said.

While Seinfeld’s satire would… Continue Reading

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Mountains Into Moguls

By Emily Beers

In Athletes, Sports Applications

February 08, 2014

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Former and current Olympians talk about the evolution of skiing and snowboarding at the Winter Olympics. Equipment and training have changed, but the love of competition remains constant.

In Sochi, Russia, freestyle skier Keri Herman will represent the United States in her first Olympic Games. She’ll compete in the slopestyle competition, and it’s the first time the event will be included at the Winter Olympics.

Herman’s been training hard on and off the… Continue Reading

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Torpedo School

By Adam Palmer

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The Pool event at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games revealed dramatic differences in swimming efficiency. Adam Palmer explains how you can learn to cut through the water.

The 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games introduced a swimming event held in a pool, which was unprecedented in the brief history of the Games. The event was 10 rounds of a 25-yard swim, 3 bar muscle-ups and another 25-yard swim, and the short lengths in the water revealed the… Continue Reading

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