This is one of my favorite events of the Games this past weekend.  I am sure there were tons of other inspiring moments, I happened to be present for this one.

Let me set up the situation.  This was the final event of the team division where the top six teams competed in a relay style WOD.  The next member of the team could not start their portion of the WOD until the preceding member finished completely and tagged off.  There were six named WODs, so each team member had their own workout.  These were the top 6 teams in the world and all eyes were on them.  The first WOD of this relay was Elizabeth (21-15-9 of Cleans and Ring Dips) and it had to be done by a female team member.  The teams were flying through this like it was nothing.   Pretty soon the teams were onto the 5th workout.  Well, all except one.  Then it became apparent to most of the crowd that the first team member for Rocklin CrossFit had not been able to complete her last set of ring dips.  She was still trying to get those last nine while the winning team was already done.  The head judge even came over to give her tips and support.  Truly, I thought she was not going to get it before the time cutoff.  Then all of the sudden she got the last one and tagged off.   The crowd went absolutely nuts.  It still gives me chills thinking about the eruption of cheers.  The picture you see here is the second team member who is 16 yo.  She was in the middle of her Fran.  She completed it in a blazing time and ripped her hands to shreds in the process.  By this time 4 of the teams were completely finished.  What you can’t see is that all of those other teams have now realized what is going on and walked over to support this team.  This next photo is of all the other teams supporting Rocklin’s 5th member.

At this point the time cap has been met and they were supposed to be getting of the floor.  Did they?  Hell no, they finished every last rep of the fifth and sixth WOD with the complete support of the crowd and their competitors.   The crowd cheered louder for this than when the winning team finished.

This completely reminded me of why I love CrossFit so much.  People truly want each other to succeed.  How much better of a world would we live in if this was common place?  And what about that first team member, do you think she thought of saying forget it or do you think her emotions were taking her over?  The pressure of the crowd, the pressure of letting your teammates down, the frustration, you name it.  All of that was going on while she was at complete muscular failure.  She kept moving forward though, and she succeeded.  Her teammates waited and cheered.  And when she finally got off those rings, instead of telling her she should have worked harder in preparation, her third team member held her up as she was obviously mentally and physically exhausted.   The lessons and strength those team members experienced moves way beyond just exercise.  We are constantly faced with things that are difficult, painful, and scary in life.  Just focus on that next rep and keep moving forward.  Way to go Rocklin CrossFit.

Wednesday’s WOD:

5 Muscle Up/False Grip Pull Ups/Pull Ups

10 Toes 2 Bar

15 Dumbell Clean to Thruster

50m Sprint

5 Muscle Up/False Grip Pull Ups/Pull Ups

10 Toes 2 Bar

15 Dumbell Clean to Thruster

100m Sprint

5 Muscle Up/False Grip Pull Ups/Pull Ups

10 Toes 2 Bar

15 Dumbell Clean to Thruster

200m Sprint


9 Comments

Amy · August 3, 2011 at 4:46 am

That incredible athlete you speak of is one of my very best friends. I am lucky enough to get to chase her in workouts. She has the heart of a true champion and it’s pure gold. She is extremely humble and always smiling. I was filled with so much emotion watching the event unfold, but most of all I was proud…proud of her and proud to be part of the crossfit community. Be ready, because this “set back” for her will lead to an even more amazing come back!!! Love you Jennie girl 🙂

    Nicole · August 4, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Can I just ditto this, Amy?! Jenny, Val, Lynn, Gary, Chad, and Wes are such inspirations and I’m grateful to be part of their family. It is the epitomy of what CrossFit is about!

Leanne · August 3, 2011 at 4:49 am

I know this woman you speak of and the rest of Rocklin Crossfit and they are amazing people that I am honered to be around. This was a wonderful summary of what happened, and thank you for writing it. All crossfit people are amazing but this day and event showed true gut, and sportsmanship..

Gary Baron · August 3, 2011 at 4:56 am

You guys rock! Thank you for all the support, we truly appreciate it. Things may not have worked out entirely as had hoped, but we truly can’t complain since apparently so many lives were touched in a positive light. It was an incredible experience and despite not being on the podium, one has to think of the reason we started in the first place (Also a convo I had with my girl Jennie during the WOD), this is fun! Recognition is just secondary. The mere fact we were able to play at that venue was surreal and created lifelong memories. I couldn’t have asked for a better team, sport, or community!

Jennie · August 3, 2011 at 4:57 am

Hi, I am Jennie, the girl who had to do Elizabeth from Rocklin Crossfit. I wanna thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting my experience so eloquently into words. I truly appreciate you sharing our story.

See you next year at the Games 🙂

J · August 3, 2011 at 7:23 am

Great post Coach

CM · August 3, 2011 at 8:56 am

I was there to watch the event. It was incredible to watch RCF finish like they did. They took what looked to be a tough loss, and showed the world what crossfit truly is all about. Forget about the games, this was a group of phenomenally fit atheletes giving it their all, and supporting eachother. It already takes so much heart to compete at this level and push beyond limits most of us are unable to comprehend, and then to watch a demonstration of pure heart and soul like this. The hair still stands up on my arms thinking about it. What an incredible group of individuals, and what an incredible team. I will be proud to always tell anyone who will listen that I was there! I witnessed this in person. I am inspired, and I think anyone watching was inspired. Thank you Rocklin Crossfit! You showed the world true competitive spirit, true sportmanship, and pure heart!

Jodie · August 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Wow! Truly inspirational. That team and individual spirit is one of the most important reasons I crossfit. Ruth and all the coaches at Crossfit SL have heart and are amazing coaches! Thank you!

Patrick · August 4, 2011 at 12:55 am

” The man who doesn’t fall never stands up.” – Fedor Emelinenko. (Substitute ‘woman’ in this case) Congratulations on competing AND completing. Huge heart.

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