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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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Most CrossFit athletes know the cramping, burning ache in the forearms caused by Fran, but few have pushed through that to fire a gun at a target.

At a Nov. 16 competition in Florida, three-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning did exactly that as part of a five-event challenge involving fitness and firearms.

“I’m comfortable with guns. Doesn’t mean I’m accurate with guns,” Froning says.

The champ competed against a field that… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Sports Applications

December 17, 2013

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Every year in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, area businesses gather for the annual Kai ’Opua Businessmen’s Regatta, a quarter-mile sprint. CrossFit Kona, with a lot of former paddlers in its ranks, signed up a men’s and women’s team. Monty Enriquez, however, is not among the experienced.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how this goes,” the CrossFit Kona owner says with a wide smile.

At the start of the race, one team member snaps his… Continue Reading

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To hear Albert Azaryan tell the story, you’d think he was just doing his due diligence.

At the 1953 U.S.S.R. Championship, while holding an iron cross on the rings, he actually checked in with the judges to see if he was meeting the standards for the movement.

“I would turn my face to the left and the right, and I asked the judges, ‘Is it enough holding the cross?’ And they said, ‘Yes.’ And I turned back the same… Continue Reading

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Perfect Shot

By Various

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Sports Applications

November 13, 2013

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Twenty-two stages and multiple moving and stationary targets—all in Hurricane, Utah.

It’s the U.S. Practical Shooting Association’s Open and Limited 10 National Handgun Championships.

“Basically, for most folks this is sort of a culmination of the year. It’s also one of the most difficult matches from a shooting-test standpoint,” explains Dave Re, a practical shooting grand master who works at CrossFit Inc. headquarters in Scotts Valley, Calif. Re is competing at… Continue Reading

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