Lauren Fisher had surgery on her right ankle yesterday. Fisher injured her ankle in last year while preparing for the rope climbs on Tommy V heading into Regionals. She severely twisted her ankle when she landed awkwardly on the rope laying on the floor from her descent.
“When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.” – Napoleon Hill A little bump in the road on my way to the California Regionals. On the descent of my 26th rope climb of “Tommy V” on Friday I suffered an ankle injury that has kept me off of my feet for a few days. The good news is, the ankle isn’t broken. For the next 9 days I will be doing everything in my power to get my ankle healthy enough to take the arena floor on May 22. Thank you to @cjinvictus, @aculove, @nicdehart08, @heatherhippensteel, @rasmuswandersen, and everyone else who has helped keep my spirits up and my ankle on the mend the last few days. This won’t be the end of my season. #MindOverMatter #EmbraceTheJourney #GrownStrong @nikewomen @roguefitness @progenex @crossfitgames
She was not able to fully train with her ankle for two weeks leading up to Regionals and ultimately failed to qualify for the 2015 CrossFit Games as an individual after finishing 12th in the California Regional. Fisher did, however, participate on CrossFit Invictus’ team at the CrossFit Games in which the team took 13th.
Per Fisher’s Instagram post yesterday, she has had “lingering pain off and on” since the initial injury, but continued to push through it. She came back this year and won the California Regional and then went on to finish 25th at the CrossFit Games.
Just got out of surgery yesterday and it went really well. 😁🙌 Life is never easy and always throws you obstacles. Everything negative is an opportunity to get better. And my ankle is one of them! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have had lingering pain off and on since I sprained it last year in May and fought through it, as most athletes do… This may not have been the best choice and looking back I wish I had taken more time to recover.🙄 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We get so hungry to compete, to be on the competition floor, pushing our limits and boundaries to be the best version of ourselves, that we often neglect things that require attention. This was the case with my ankle. Some days I thought the pain was a mental thing because it was fine during training, other days I was sure something was not right. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ All that to find out, post Games, that the injury was worse than I thought! I had a large tear in the tendons, a bone divot and loose bone fragments floating around, which is why the pain would come and go. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After not making the Games in 2015, I wanted nothing more than to be back on that floor in 2016 and I worked toward that goal through everything. This isn’t how I have hoped to start my 2017 season and I can guarantee it doesn’t end here….it just means I have to work a little bit harder to get where I want to be. First, get my ankle fixed and then once I do that my goal is to climb that leaderboard. As my dad always said, nothing in life comes easy. #GrownStrong #JustABumpInTheRoad #AlwaysFighting #AnkleProblems ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lastly, thank you to my sponsors and everyone around me for the amazing support. ❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @nikewomen @progenex @compexusa @roguefitness @performasleep @prime_wellness @cjinvictus @aculove @rasmuswandersen @garretmfisher
However, after the Games, she had the ankle re-examined to find out her ankle was worse that she thought. Fisher had a “large tear in the tendons, a bone divot and loose bone fragments floating around.”
Following the announcement, Fisher has received an outpouring of support from social media followers.
Fisher’s Instagram post has received over 27,000 likes and 400 comments.