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Speal’s First Year Out by Matt Chan, Eric O’Connor and Chris Spealler - CrossFit Journal

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 just kind of flippin’ the bird at the situation and just not showin’ up at all.”

These days, Speal is helping friend and South West Regional winner Matt Chan prepare for the Games with frequent workouts alongside fellow Regional competitor Eric O’Connor.

They train together so often, Chan says, “I should be payin’ him.”

After the Regional, where Speal placed fourth, he experienced a flood of emotions at not qualifying for the Games for the first time in the event’s history.

“It was almost like a grieving process. One minute I was emotional, I’d be crying, the next minute I was fine, the next minute I was angry at what happened, the next minute it was unfair,” he explains.

Still, Speal gives his fans hope they might see him compete once more: “It’s not outside the realm for me to be back again.”

Video by Jonathan Glancy.

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Additional reading: Future Unknown, by Andréa Maria Cecil, published Aug. 17, 2012.

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3 Comments on “Speal’s First Year Out”


Frank DiMeo wrote …

Chris Spealler is an exemplary athlete and human being.


wrote …

Man, it breaks my heart to see Spealler out of it. His passion is incredible, as is his dedication, humility, and loyalty to his friends. That much is evident by this video, among so many others. I really hope that he comes back strong next year, if that's what is right by him. If not, I hope he succeeds in whatever it is that makes him happy the way CrossFit does.


wrote …

That's crazy!! I want to see Spealer's workout routine. Even though he didn't make it his mental attitude and work capacity is something to take note of. Please HQ follow hi. During the games and see how he measures competitors. Thank you.

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