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
Female Competitors: Retrospect
Interviews with Cardella, Sharratt, Cho and Clever
Everyone has to start somewhere. Games competitors are no exception. A poll of 10 CrossFit Games athletes would likely turn up 10 different athletic backgrounds. Whatever they were doing before, female competitors Jen Cardella, Jessica Sharrat, Chyna Cho and Kristan Clever got something right.
In this video behind the scenes at the Home Depot Center the women reflect on how they were first exposed to CrossFit. They also explain what training was like before, "Constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity," became the norm.
Chyna Cho was looking to rehab a rebuilt knee. Physical therapy was turning up few results, so she turned to CrossFit on the suggestion of a friend. She finished this years Games 18th overall. Not bad for an athlete who was told she would never again squat below parrallel.
Jen Cardella used to run marathons but now trains exclusively with CrossFit. "I was looking for another way to punish myself," She says playfully. She's more serious when pushed on whether she will run another marathon. "Oh hell no! Isn't this (CrossFit Games weekend) just like a marathon anyhow?" Both Cardella and Sharratt coach full time at CrossFit Central.
The fittest woman on the planet, Kristan Clever, also had a running background. She was hitting it hard, but something wasn't adding up. She thought, "I'm running all the time, I'm skinny... I shouldn't be in this much pain all the time." She found CrossFit on her own and took to it immediately. "I was looking for a different way, a different fitness," she says. "CrossFit saved me."