The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
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United States Qualifiers
Central East Regional
Athlete Profile: Heather Keenan Bergeron
Mother and affiliate owner is driven to succeed
Name: Heather Keenan Bergeron
Weight: 131 (or, 120 when Linda comes up)
Affiliate: CrossFit New England
Sectional: New England
Fight Gone Bad: 351
Clean & Jerk: 170
Back Squat: 230
What is your athletic background?
I was a competitive cheerleader in high school (the only time I've ever been on ESPN), marathoner/distance runner in college, and got pretty competitive at triathlons the couple years leading up to finding CrossFit. I like tooling around with mountain biking, volleyball, wiffleball, and ping pong.
What is your history with CrossFit?
I came into CrossFit as a middle to long distance triathlete; I was pretty competitive at the Olympic, half-Ironman, and Ironman distances. By the time I had found CrossFit, in 2007, I was getting sick of how high maintenance triathlons were getting for me: the wetsuit, goggles, cap, cycling shoes, race wheels, awkward cycling shorts, finding daycare for my kids while I trained for hours at a clip. I just never really looked forward to the training...or, the races for that matter. But, it was one of those situations where I had FINALLY found something I was good at, so I'd rather just suck it up and "be successful" than give up and go back to being average at everything else.
Either CrossFit came along at just the right time, or it was CrossFit that finally made me realize that I wasn’t that into triathlons. The following summer, I competed in my first competition at CrossFit Albany’s 2008 NorthEast Challenge with Tanya Wagner, Christy Phillips, and Lauren Plumey (all '09 Games competitors!). Later on that year, my now husband, Ben, and I started CrossFit New England (literally, one of the best jobs in the galaxy). Went on to compete in a few more competitions, and in 2009 got lucky enough to qualify for the CrossFit Games in Aromas. I lost the tie for 16th place, ending up with 17th (just missing the opportunity to advance to the second day, which admittedly still haunts me every waking day of my life). Anyways, I decided I needed to do my Sectionals this year to get ready for Regionals, knowing that the competition would be a lot tighter. I guess the rest is to be determined.
One of my responsibilities at CrossFit New England is coordinating the CrossFit Kids program. I'll fully admit that "most" days I enjoy it even more than coaching adults. Those kids, including my own kids Maya (10) and Jonah (6), just never cease to amaze me with how good they are already at these movements. I just wish that I had started at their ages!
In addition to coaching at our affiliate, I've also spent the last year working on the HQ Level 1 Coaching Staff (the other greatest job on planet Earth). Getting to meet, coach and train with some of the other greatest athletes and coaches in world has been invaluable.
Literally, I can't imagine where I'd be without CrossFit. It's one of the greatest things that's ever happened to me.
Heather Does Fran
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Heather In The 2009 Sandbag Sprint Event
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15 comments on this entry
1. LP wrote...
Girl...you were MADE to CrossFit!! You always keep me on my toes...even though you're all the way in Mass. I couldn't ask for a better person with which to compete. Can't WAIT for tomorrow...A Northeast Reunion!
21 May 2010 / 5:37 a.m.
2. Christy wrote...
Ya Heather! NE represent! Good Luck to you and LP, Joe and Thais (both of ECC) and all the other competitors this weekend. KILL IT!
21 May 2010 / 7:20 a.m.
3. Lindsey Smith wrote...
Good luck, Heather!! I know you will do great. :)
21 May 2010 / 7:34 a.m.
4. Tanya Wagner wrote...
You're gonna do awesome girl! Best of luck! Go get it!!!
21 May 2010 / 7:47 a.m.
5. Christian wrote...
Bring the heat this weekend Heahtaa!!
21 May 2010 / 9:04 a.m.
6. Tommy wrote...
Best wishes at the Regional Games. You are a force - now "Bring It On"!
21 May 2010 / 9:58 a.m.
7. Ronda Rockett wrote...
Heather you are always an inspiration to me!
21 May 2010 / 5:11 p.m.
8. Jerome Perryman wrote...
Good luck this weekend Heather!!! Ill be tracking your wods.... I think we both have that bitter taste from the '09 Games.
the guy who got 17th place '09 Games
21 May 2010 / 6:51 p.m.
9. Julie Hayes wrote...
Heather, you rock! and you are going all the way!
22 May 2010 / 4:35 a.m.
10. Bethanie Harsh wrote...
Kick ass, Heather!! We will see you in CA!!!
22 May 2010 / 6:57 a.m.
11. Russ Benedetto wrote...
You are amazing girl keep it up....
22 May 2010 / 7:37 p.m.
12. sevan wrote...
Heather - you're the coolest!
22 May 2010 / 10:18 p.m.
13. Pat Sherwood wrote...
Heather is a ninja.
24 May 2010 / 12:03 a.m.
14. Amber wrote...
Heather, you're one of my CrossFit heroes. I'm so happy to see you qualified, and can't wait to cheer for you from Boston!
24 May 2010 / 9:25 a.m.
15. Janeil S wrote...
Your my crossfit IDOL!!
25 May 2010 / 3:20 a.m.