The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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United States Qualifiers
Q & A with Lauren Pryor
The Canadian veteran talks beer, muscle-ups and the HDC
You've been to two previous CrossFit Games. What have you learned that will help you in 2010?
Attack your WODs like you would any other day. Remember to enjoy the moment (as much as you can, ha!), and being able to compete with so many fantastic athletes is an honor in itself. I think the first couple of years I was just so overwhelmed being there; the intimidation factor of just rubbing shoulders and competing against all of these athletes that you read about and watch on videos was a lot to deal with for a girl from the Great White North.
Will you miss The Ranch, and what do you think it will be like to compete at the Home Depot Center?
Sure I’ll miss The Ranch: it gave the Games a bit of a rugged-edged feel. The Home Depot Center will be big.
You were a judge at Sectionals. Did that in any way prepare you for Regionals?
I think it got me excited to compete at Regionals. It was nice to be on the other side judging. To watch and cheer on the other athletes builds a fire in you. In some ways it strengthened my personal bond with the sport.
Is it harder to judge or compete?
Ha. When I judge it makes me want to compete, but when you are competing, you’d rather be a judge. I wouldn’t say one is harder than the other. I like the excitement and thrill of judging, pushing someone to do their best; however, I enjoy the thrill of competing, driving my mind and body to further extremes knowing that limits are only current PRs waiting to be broken.
When was the last time you had a beer, and what was it?
I don’t usually drink beer at all, but in April I had a Guinness. I can’t even remember the time I had a beer before that.
Which was harder: the trail run at the ’09 Games or the trail run at the Canada Regional?
All trail runs are hard. I don't know what was worse: the blistering sun or the ice-blown snow.
You were once called the "Calgary Gazelle" on a CrossFit website. Is running your best asset? If not, what is?
Running is definitely something I am comfortable with (shorter is better). I also like heavy lifts, deadlifts, squats, cleans.
What was your most recent PR?
Being able to complete a muscle-up. I was thrilled!