Heather Bergeron

CrossFit/USAW Open

Heather Bergeron at the CrossFit/USAW Open

Learning from Failure

What’s it like for a CrossFitter to compete in Olympic lifting? For Heather Bergeron of CrossFit New England, the CrossFit/USAW Open  was an emotional experience.

“Well, I’m now known as the Comeback Kid,” Bergeron says.

Even under the guidance of Olympic-lifting coach Mike Burgener, Bergeron had a frustrating time with the snatch and did not register a successful lift.

“I honestly don’t know what went wrong,” Bergeron said.

After that harrowing experience, Bergeron went on to finish strong in the clean and jerk and subsequent CrossFit triplet. Overall, she finished sixth in her weight class. Despite the frustration of the snatch, Bergeron is proud to have met her original goal.

“I came into it with the attitude that I just wanted to take the time to really work on the lifts themselves and see how good I can get at them,” she said.

Learn more about Bergeron’s preparation and how she dealt with the challenges she faced.

See the whole video in the CrossFit Journal.

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