Everyone involved with CrossFit knows this is a big week in the CrossFit World. It is the CrossFit Games in Carson, California. All the big names are there: Annie Thorisdottir, Julie Foucher, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Rich Froning, Jason Khalipa, Dan Bailey and many more great athletes.
They are great athletes and are a ton of fun to watch…but my focus these games is watching one athlete in particular: Joyanne Cooper. Coming into the games, many of you may not have known who Joyanne was. Hopefully, after the last few days, that will have changed.
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Joyanne is a member of CrossFit Newmarket Central, in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. MY BOX!!! She is absolutely AMAZING! She finished 20th in the world in the master’s qualifier (women 45-49) and earned a spot at the Games. Notice the cool shirt our Box did as a fundraiser for her!
She has been working so hard at the gym, training like a beast and it is paying off huge. After 2 days, here is where she sits:
That’s right….she is sitting in 5th place at the end of 2 days of competition. How friggin’ AMAZING is that!
The Chipper goes at 2:35 EST and the final at 5:50 EST. I will be glued to my computer watching the live feed and cheering Joyanne on, yelling encouragement at my screen that she will not be able to hear, but I hope the good vibes will be felt as she gives it all she’s got for these last 2 WODs.
Regardless of what happens today, and where she places on the final leaderboard, Joyanne is already a winner and is my absolute CrossFit hero. I couldn’t be more proud of her. And I’m sure that’s true of everyone at CFNC….especially the group that made the trek to Carson to cheer her on live and in person!
If you aren’t doing anything at 2:30, be sure to go to www.games.crossfit.com and watch as Joyanne tackles event 7.
Feel free to yell at your screen. I know I will be!