The 2010 CrossFit Games
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July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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United States Qualifiers
Ingrid Kantola Out for Southwest Regionals
Games hopeful struck down with Meningitis.
Ingrid Kantola left little doubt to those attending the Southern California Sectional that she was prepared for a place at the 2010 CrossFit Games. Finishing convincingly in first in each of three events throughout the weekend, leaving many in the Region excited to see her compete at a higher level. Unfortunately, Kantola’s health couldn’t stay on pace with her performance at the Sectionals and she’s been forced to withdraw from competition.
"On April 9th I was admitted to the UCLA/Santa Monica Hospital for meningitis symptoms which I’d had for a week. While I was recovering from the meningitis, the doctors discovered a previously undetected heart murmur which upon further testing was diagnosed as mitral valve damage. Over the course of several days of blood tests, a spinal tap, and an MRI of my brain, my infectious disease doctor (who happened to be a former CrossFit Los Angeles client) determined that the damage was caused by a bacterial growth on the valve. He believes that the same bacterial infection may have caused the meningitis symptoms. I was released on April 22nd and the next step is open heart mitral valve surgery scheduled for May 5th at UCLA. I want to thank everyone for their support and all the "posi vibes" that have been sent my way from the members of the CrossFit community. I want to wish all the regional competitors good luck and send fist bumps/hugs to all. I hope to catch the live feed of the Southwest Regional and I'll be there cheering at the Home Depot Center!" said Kantola.
Get well soon, Ingrid, from the whole CrossFit Team.