Jessica Sharratt at the 2010 South Central Regional
All Over the Map 8: Smith, Kepler, Cardella and Sharratt
The Texas gals
CrossFit Journal coverage of the Games competitors continues. With just one week before the kickoff of the 2010 Games, Ian Wittenber is closing in on the West Coast, chugging along in his car and catching interviews with the athletes headed to the Home Depot Center.
Both Smith and Kepler finished in the top five at last year's event, automatically qualifying them for the 2010 event. Both have also had their fair share of setbacks this season: injuries, family responsibilities and careers may have momentarily distracted these elite athletes, but their eyes are still on the podium.
This will be Cardella's second Games as well, only last year she was a member of the CrossFit Central affiliate team
. A self-described former grain-eating distance runner, Cardella has submitted entirely to the CrossFit regimen and made some massive gains from last year, including a 100-lb. increase in her deadlift. Sharratt, Cardella's training partner, has made some big improvements in the last year as well, managing to best the rest of the South Central regional
for a fourth-place finish and a trip to L.A.
Four women from the same box are all bound for the 2010 Games: will one of them stand atop the podium at the Home Depot Center?