Amanda Miller in the 2009 CrossFit Games

2010 CrossFit Games Finals

Amanda Miller Tribute

The First Individual Event of the 2010 Games Honored a Fallen Athlete

“I just competed in the CF Games less than a year ago and now I’m dying.”
- Amanda Miller, March 9, 2010

Just over a month after writing those words in her blog, Amanda Miller passed away. She was 24.

In 2009, after finishing sixth in the Mid-Atlantic Regional and doing 131 burpees in 10 minutes as a fundraiser for the trip, Miller arrived at The Ranch in Aromas to compete in the CrossFit Games. Nicknamed “Guns” for the prominent tattoos on her hips, Miller worked her way to a 55th-place finish.

Not long afterward, she faced another challenge when recurring melanoma spread to her lymph nodes and beyond. Miller died on April 23, and the April 27 WOD was dedicated to the athlete who was born in Florida but lived in Virginia.

The first WOD of the 2010 CrossFit Games was also dedicated to Miller. With the top women grouped in the final heat of the opening workout at the Home Depot Center, Dave Castro announced the event that would kick off the Games and honor a fallen athlete.

9, 7 and 5 reps of:
Snatches (135/95 lb.)

After a moving video tribute to Miller, the women ripped into the memorial workout, with Kristan Clever setting the best time of the night with 5:04. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet was second in 7:02, and Christy Phillips was third, two seconds behind. For the men, Chris Spealler was first (3:29), Neal Maddox was second (3:46), and Rich Froning Jr. was third (3:47).

Amanda represents the first time a workout has been named in honor of a Games athlete and gives CrossFitters around the world a chance to pay tribute to a great competitor who was taken far too soon.

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5 comments on this entry

1. Kat wrote...

I had the pleasure of working out with Amanda. She touched everyone she came into contact with. She is truly missed and was an inspiration to many.

2. Jaala Thibault wrote...

Amanda was a fierce athlete and a great person. We were lucky enough to welcome her into the Crossfit Ventura family and our lives will never be the same.

3. Major wrote...

Miss you...

4. Donna Duncan wrote...

I want to thank all of you for Tributing the CF event for 2010 after my daughter, Amanda Miller, and for all of you that love and miss her. She was an Inspiration to her father and I in so many ways, we miss and Love her so much, Thank You, her mother Donna Duncan.

5. Trina wrote...

We are doing this workout for the first time in our gym tomorrow. I can't wait. I'm attempting to do this WOD straight up which will be a huge challenge and will most likely take me a LONG time! I look forward to the challenge in honor of an amazing CF athlete.


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