Camille Leblanc-Bazinet withdrew from the 2017 CrossFit Games on Thursday after dislocating her shoulder and tearing her labrum in training leading up the Games. Following the decision to withdraw, Leblanc-Bazinet sat down with Reebok in an exclusive interview to talk more about the injury and her future.
“I made the decision myself. No one else can do that for me,” Leblanc-Bazinet said. “It was definitely a hard decision to make because I’m not a person who gives up. But it wasn’t about giving up, it was about being smart. Smart for my future, smart of my career.”
Dave Lipson, Leblanc’s husband and coach added, “This has been a roller coaster for the past few weeks, thinking maybe you can compete, maybe you can’t. I was just keeping my fingers crossed something wouldn’t happen.
“I don’t think there really was a decision to make because she physically couldn’t do the reps. To go out just to show up and touch the bar with a higher probability of injuring yourself, is just silly.”
Leblanc-Bazinet and Lipson will stay in Madison for the remainder of the CrossFit Games to cheer on her fellow competitors who are also good friends. “I watched the girls last night. A lot of them I’ve competed with for a long time. A bunch came to train with me at my house this year. We all become really good friends because we go through so much of the same things. We really do relate to each other on another level.”
Check out the full interview with Camille here.