Started from the Bottom Now We're Here

What an amazing year at the CrossFit Games- it feels really good to be able to say that from the heart. I’m so honored to have the opportunity to get out on the competition field with so many incredibly hard working athletes. The talent pool in this sport gets deeper every year. Plain and simple, every athlete out there is really good at what they do!

I thought the programming this year was fantastic. There’s something so cool about being in a sport where the possibilities for the challenges you will face are limitless. I loved the diversity of the events. Loved that such a variety of athletes came out and won events. I loved that we used the entire field in the soccer stadium this year- I’m getting choked up as I write this, recalling how it felt to walk out onto that field.

I really can’t get my head around how many hours and how many people went into making this past week happen in Carson. To CrossFit HQ staff, the judges, the volunteers, my sincere thank you. What you do allows us to live out our athletic dreams and perform on a stage like no other. It truly keeps getting better!

I felt like the fans were more engaged and more connected to the performances this year than ever before. I wish I had words to describe what the crowd support felt like. Absolutely amazing you guys. Sincere thanks to everyone who posted on my social media, your love is felt and appreciated!

I’m excited about our 2014 “Fittest on Earth.” Camille’s victory is a testament to the power of perseverance and hard work. I find it personally inspiring to see someone make the podium after 5 years of trying.   Rich is my favorite and I love to see him go out with the only type of finale that’s befitting such a champ. Two great ambassadors for our sport.

No one gets to the CrossFit Games without an abundance of support. I’m so appreciative of my family and friends for the continuous and unconditional love and encouragement.  Derek Freiberg and my CrossFit Construct family, you guys see the good, the bad and the ugly of training and never bat an eye- thank you for that. I could not have gotten through the Open this year without our community.

I have a number of people and companies I want to specifically thank for support over the course of this season- Rudy Nielsen, RxSmartGear, Amara Drink, KitchFix who went above and beyond to keep me well fed, Howard Reichenbach, Vitargo kept me fueled, my Barbells for Boobs family, Performance Training Systems, Chicago Bulls College Prep, Dr. Sunil Pullukat of Chicago Sport and Wellness who has kept me going for the past two years.

It’s so easy to judge the success or failure of a CrossFit Games season based on your standing on the leaderboard (14th overall for me this year), but that leaves so much of the story untold. I’ve been truly blessed by both the ups and downs of not only this week, but of the entire year. I’m proud to say, in 3.5 years of CrossFit I’ve made 4 consecutive CrossFit Games appearances and landed each in the top 15. I’ve grown as a person and as an athlete and that is the most important outcome. I’m very grateful to be healthy and have this surreal experience to draw on moving forward.

Author: Elisabeth Akinwale

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  • You are such a gifted athlete and your focus and hard work are admirable! What I enjoy the most is your heart in being a Mom! Enjoy your little guy and keep working hard!

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  • You are an amazing athlete and individual. You have given me hope in Crossfit to prove that you don’t have to fit the mold to succeed. Thank you for your representation and giving hope to women and mothers like myself.

  • Elisabeth, congratulations! Awesome, awesome, awesome job this year and this past weekend!! Hats off to you!

  • You are such an inspiration to all of us! You are one of my fav Games athlete and I just really appreciate your outlook. Your phenomenal!!!

  • It was a pleasure watching you perform in the CrossFit Games! This was my first year REALLY watching the games, and watching you do the Clean Speed Ladder was so inspiring. I’m currently at the crossroads with my fitness because I know what to do to get results, it’s just the discipline that is lacking (As is for most). I had to look you up right away after watching you on ESPN2 represent for not just women, but minority women! Your such an admirable individual, and I look forward to gaining motivation and inspiration as one of your newest fans! Keep it up!

  • You’re such an inspiring person! I’m glad to see you are happy with the outcome of the games and that you enjoyed it so much! Following your journey (via instagram) has been truly amazing. You totally kick ass and I think you did unbelievably well! I hope you could feel those of us who were watching you from home cheering you on! Watching you work hard every day makes me want to work hard every day so thank you for that.

  • I am extremely proud to be a fan of yours and to follow you as you train and compete….I would love to interview you for a School project for the Art Institute of Jacksonville….good luck to you on your future endeavors and God bless!

  • You are an amazing athlete with the most beautiful spirit!! I was hollering and supporting you every step of the way! Continued success and I hope to see you walk into the Carson stadium again next year.

  • So excited for you and your victories this year! I’ve never cheered louder or yelled at the tv more than I did while watching you this year! You inspire me to push harder, reach higher, and never give up. You inspire me to want more for myself. I can’t say it enough. You’re amazing!

    And your overhead squat!!! It’s my favorite movement and I recently PR’d at 140#. I can only dream of hitting 200# one day but never have I imagined 240#!! New goal!

  • SOOOO awesome watching you perform at the games. You are an amazing athlete with an amazing spirit. Keep up the good work.

  • Great work!!!
    I may be jumping the gun a little. I know you have to wind down, and allow your body to rest and recover, so forgive me if I am out of line. However, I’m already thinking about the next event. I don’t know if you’ve had the opportunity to plan a strategy for the next event. If not very understandable. But, as an elite athlete where do you go from here? What will be the the Evolution of EA. I know during the competition, you had revelations/reflections on the way you train, how your body felt, responds, and recovers. Is there a plan to stay the course, or will you look to tweak or add exercises? Is there enough of a break between competitions that you can experiment with different training techniques?
    But, great work like I said earlier. I look forward to witnessing your evolution.

  • Congrats Elisabeth ! You are an amazing athlete, woman and mother ! It was incredible to watch you at the Games again. You have a passion for life and inspire all of us ! I sat next to a man who didn’t know any of the athletes personally but cheered like hell with me when you came out ! Your character and drive shines through and through. Xoxoxo