Michele Letendre and Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet Compete at Pan Am Championships

Michele Letendre after competing at the 2017 Pan American Championships for Canada. @mich_letendre/Instagram
Michele Letendre after competing at the 2017 Pan American Championships for Canada. @mich_letendre/Instagram

Former CrossFit Games athlete Michele Letendre and Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet lifted in the women’s 58kg weight category for Canada yesterday at the 2017 Pan American Championships.

Letendre, a six-time CrossFit Games athlete, retired from the Sport of Fitness after last season and has focused on Olympic Weightlifting since then. Letendre qualified to compete on Canada’s team for the Pan American Championships and took the platform yesterday.

Letendre went 2-for-3 on the snatch finishing with an 84kg snatch. She struggled on the clean & jerk as she missed her first two attempts at 100kg, but would hit her final attempt at the weight to record a 184kg total, good for 8th overall.

Alright!! Not the total I was looking for but every experience is a good experience! I learned a lot and I will continue to work on my technique and my consistency. I had some issues in the past with some cramping which isn’t totally resolved so that will also have to be addressed for future competitions. Thanks again to everyone around me who continue to support my efforts no matter what they are!! I feeeeeeel the love ā¤ļøšŸ˜šŸ‡ØšŸ‡¦šŸ’ŖšŸ» There are still many Canadian lifters out there competing so good luck to all of you!! It was such a pleasure to get to know you!!! #shityeahlightspeedmotherfucker #panams2017 #weightlifting #teamcanada #reebok #caffeineandkilos #tonicperformance #xpnworld

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Letendre is still involved in CrossFit and will be coaching Patrick Vellner and Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault next week in Madison, Wisconsin, at the 2017 CrossFit Games.


The name Leblanc-Bazinet might sound familiar, especially if you follow CrossFit. However, this Leblanc-Bazinet is Rachel, Camille’s sister. Rachel also took the platform along with Letendre and set PRs on both of her lifts. Leblanc-Bazinet finished with an 82kg snatch, 106kg clean & jerk and a 188kg total.

Rachel’s sister, Camille, will be competing at the 2017 CrossFit Games next weekend in Madison, Wisconsin.

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