Lauren Fisher has made it to the CrossFit Games twice out of the Southern California region. This year, however, she will have a different path. Fisher confirmed on social media that she has indeed moved to Dubai this offseason and will be competing in the Meridian Regional in 2018.

Fisher, who is dating Rasmus Anderson, moved to Dubai to stay with him while Anderson works on getting his U.S. visa.

New season, new region. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As some of you may have noticed, I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Dubai lately. I traveled over here in November to visit my boyfriend while also preparing for the Dubai Fitness Championship. And since then we have been traveling around a bunch, but spend the majority of the time in Dubai. My boyfriend is currently working on getting his US visa while working in Dubai and since I graduated last summer I saw no reason not to stay with him while he’s going through this process and at the same time explore life in a different part of the world. So far I’ve loved every second of it, I have a great training environment, I have my boyfriend and I’m getting a whole lot of new life experiences. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since I’m now in Dubai it means that I no longer will be competing out of the California region but rather the Meridian region. Something I’m both super excited about, but also slightly nervous since this is my first time in a new region. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ California (West) regional you will be missed this year, but I know I will be rooting for all my California girls from afar. ❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Looking forward to what this season brings representing @crossfitalioth. ✊

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The California Regional (and SoCal and NorCal regions) have already changed shape for the 2018 CrossFit Games season. The California Regional and West Regional will now be combined this year.

For those still competing in the newly created West Regional, Fisher’s absence will open up a qualifying spot.

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