Chandler Smith just posted a photo on Instagram showing the tip of his ring finger missing. The injury occurred while on military duty. Smith said it happened when side armor of a tank fell onto his finger. It appears that Smith will be unable to continue with the CrossFit Open this year.
In Smith’s message he states, “Not really sure what comes next for me. Sorry to the sponsors, fans, coaches and friends who were expecting big things. Thanks to mom, Shea CPT McFadden and the rest for helping me get through the toughest weekend of my life.”
Fans and fellow athletes alike have been showing support to one of the sport’s growing fan favorites.
Friday (edit: Thursday), Smith said that he finished 17.1 in 12:40, but was going to re-do the workout on Sunday.
Buncha folks will beat this, bunch won’t. Hit my three goals for the day though and overcame a lack of confidence before the workout to get it done. Figured if I was buying in to not having any goals based on comparing myself to others, then it’d be dishonest not to share. That being said I’m still trying to go to Regionals so I’ll have to go again on Sunday. I tend to perform better on sleep and without the events of the weekday grind wearing me down, but this wasn’t awful. 12:40. #CrossFitGames #OnAMission #IAmARareBreed
Smith blew up in the CrossFit community last year during the Atlantic regionals. Smith battled all weekend long near the top of the leaderboard going toe-to-toe with Ben Smith on Saturday afternoon during Event 5.
Smith is a West Point graduate and is currently a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army’s Armor branch.