The 2010 CrossFit Games
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July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
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Athlete Profile: Ben Hopkins - Southwest Regional
SoCal track and field athlete turned CrossFitter.
Name: Ben Hopkins
Affiliate: Paradiso CrossFit
Cindy: 26 Rounds
Fight Gone Bad: 361
Clean & Jerk: 245lbs
Back Squat: 380lbs
400m Run: 49sec
What is your athletic background?
I started with wrestling at a middle school age, and became interested in Tae Kwon Do at an early age as well (13 years old). I competed in the Tae Kwon Do Nationals in 1999. I did martial arts on and off leading up to, and after attending college for 4 years at Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota, where I grew up. My senior year of high school, I joined the track team, and discovered I had some speed. This led me to run track throughout college as a sprinter in the 100, 200, and 400m events. I was a Division II All Conference athlete. Having this background has helped prepare me for the intensity of CrossFit, as well as the mental aspect of pushing through tough circumstances, and keeping calm nerves in the process.
What is your history with CrossFit?
I started doing CrossFit in September of 2008. I am not a trainer or affiliate owner. I am a designer by profession. I design furniture, retail spaces, and office environments. I am also a graphic designer.
What is unique and/or interesting about you as an individual or athlete?
I have just always had a passion for people coming together, stepping out of their comfort zone, and taking risks. I believe we were made to support one another, and love one another. To me, CrossFit is a great example of that. People are so supportive of each other. They help one another and create amazing friendships and communities. There is something about going to an extreme that leaves us vulnerable and exposed. The beautiful part is when people step in and carry you to the end. That is what I see in CrossFit.