As the chalk dust settles at the Home Depot Center for The 2012 Reebok Crossfit Games, I’m reminded that this past week was truly a gift. Each day brought new highs and lows. It brought laughs, tears, and triumphs for everyone. However, the one emotion that reigns above all throughout the weekend is gratitude.
For the 2012 Crossfit Games, I had three athletes competing in the women’s individuals’ events, Lindsey Valenzuela, Ruth Anderson Horrell, and Valerie Voboril. Each one of these young ladies holds a special place in my heart. I’m so damn proud of each one of them.
Ruth is a sheep farmer and small animal veterinarian in New Zealand. She has fiery red hair that matches a dynamite smile and undeniable work ethic. Ruth arrived in Los Angeles a month early to train at Dogtown with Lindsey under coach Dusty Hyland. Ruth immediately jumped into the swing of things. She was training along side Lindsey, and I was treating her twice a week for maintenance. Ruth started the Crossfit Games off with a bang. For the triathlon at Camp Pendleton, she took first in the swim and bike, and then placed third in the grueling run. On Friday, Ruth busted out 21 bar muscle ups after not being able to string two together earlier in the week. Ruth earned her spot in the top 20 on Sunday. My favorite moment for Ruth was watching her hammer away in the ‘Double Banger’ event on Sunday morning. Ruth is a special spirit. She will fight to the end.
Lindsey is truly an amazing athlete and person. She has full time job at Harvard Westlake as the strength coach, so she has to fit her training and treatment in around her job. At about eight weeks before the games, Lindsey shifted the gears into full throttle. I saw a shift in her that I loved. She cleaned up her diet by cutting out sugars, grain, and dairy, and she made sure to get treatment at least twice a week.
If you know Lindsey, her presence is always known when she enters a room. She is a positive influence on everyone she comes in contact with. Lindsey is truly a beautiful, strong woman, and I cannot wait to watch her grow both mentally and physically in the years to come.
Lindsey overcame a major goat at the beginning of the Crossfit Games by completing the triathlon. On Friday night, she killed the med ball and handstand pushup workout. People everywhere noticed that her gymnastics had improved in the last year. On Sunday, Lindsey completed Elizabeth faster than I could have ever expected. My favorite moment for Lindsey was when she completed the clean ladder Saturday before going into the last event of the day. It was fierce, graceful, and powerful all at once. Lindsey is phenomenal and the world better watch out, because she will be back next year.
Lindsey completes Isabel in 1:35.
And finally, Val. I don’t know how she does it. Val gave birth to little Vin exactly a year ago this month. And, she teaches grade school. Dogtown calls her “the incredible Val” and anyone could definitely see why. Val manages her time so well between work, the gym, treatment, and being a mom.
Val is an exceptional athlete. In my opinion, there isn’t workout that Val couldn’t complete in. If it’s got to be done then Val will definitely do it. Val started the Crossfit Games off with very little sleep due to the little one and a top ten finish for the triathlon. Val smiled her away through the track triplet on Friday morning and finished third in that event. She had another top ten finish with the rope climb and sled push event that occurred at the hottest time of the day. Val continued with exceptional peformances on Sunday by placing third in Elizabeth and fourth in Fran. However, out of all those great moments, the best was when Val brought Vin down on the stadium floor. Val is a very impressive role model to mothers all over the world and especially to her daughter Vin.
Val embraces Vin.
These ladies have once again inspired me to the best I can be. They not only showed me, but the rest of the world as well, that women are capable of anything. Just believe.
17th Ruth Anderson Horrell.
9th Lindsey Valenzuela.
5th Valerie Voboril aka Fittest Mom on Earth.
Congratulations to each one of you! I’m so glad each one of you are in my life. I love you all, and I cannot wait til next year!
The girls and the support staff.