Games Athletes Reflect on Their Week in Madison

Laura Horvath, Tia-Clair Toomey and Katrin Davidsdottir, left to right, on the podium of the 2018 CrossFit Games. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
Laura Horvath, Tia-Clair Toomey and Katrin Davidsdottir, left to right, on the podium of the 2018 CrossFit Games. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

The 2018 CrossFit Games have come and gone. Some athletes left Madison thrilled with their performance while others look back at mistakes they made during the week. Most, however, took time on Monday to thank the family, friends, fans and volunteers that helped them on their journey to compete on the biggest stage.

Take a look at what the athletes had to say 24 hours after it was all over.

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Part 1. I want to start by congratulating each athlete and to their support teams who took part in the 2018 games. Every year the competition gets tougher and the events more gruelling. The quality of athletes competing makes it impossible to take any event lightly, even so much so that the slightest of slip ups and you’ve fallen down the leaderboard. Even more important though is the quality of camaraderie and respect amongst the athletes, who all continue to push each other even though they’re competing amongst one another for the top spot. You all did an amazing job and it was inspiring to be a part of. To the Crossfit team; the organisers, the judges, the volunteers and the media team, without you this doesn’t happen. Your professionalism doesn’t go unnoticed by the athletes and we appreciate all the sacrifice and hard work you put into making the games what they are. Thank you! To all our family, friends and supporters back home, and those who ventured over with us, your support is invaluable. We’re constantly lifted by all the kind and supportive words and the respect we are given by each and every one of you. You add so much meaning to our journey. #TBC @crossfitgames

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One step closer to the goal. . Lots of ups and downs this week but I’m proud of myself. Whether it’s resilience or just plain old stubbornness, I proved this week that great things can happen if you just keep picking yourself up and moving forward. I want thank all of the volunteers and staff of the @crossfitgames who work tirelessly to make us look good (special shout out to the medical team). Thanks to all of my sponsors for supporting me this year and to my family and friends for tolerating me both during the games and the months leading up. @mich_letendre and @mworkunhill both deserve medals for dealing with me. I want to send a special thank you to all of the crossfit fans in the community. Thank you for sticking with me and cheering me on no matter what. I really felt the love this year and there are times when I needed that boost more than you know. Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed on a truly great accomplishment. It was a great test @thedavecastro , and you better believe I’ll be back for more. #neverquit #podium #crossfitgames #fitness #crossfit #onemorestep #reebok #reebokcanada #dekacomp #foodspring #wodproofapp #drinkmetta #proenergynutrition @reebok @reebokcanada @foodspring_athletics @dekacomp @wodproofapp @proenergynutrition @drinkmetta

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&&& just like that my very first @crossfitgames is over! WHAT A WEEK! The most FUN I ever had on the competition floor & I cannot believe it’s already over. I came into the week feeling prepared & ready to compete. What a couple of days to be tested physically & mentally alongside all these amazing & ridiculously fit women. It was something very special & I cannot wait to be back next year! Thank you to my family, friends & total strangers for your well wishes over the course of the week. Thank you to all the familiar faces in the crowd for coming out to Madison! I heard you ALL the most! Thank you for all the kind messages I read every single one of them! Thank you to everyone that ever trained with me, coached me & believed in me these past few years. Thank you to my home box @crossfitbbros for being the best ever & my home away from home box @dekacrossfit for welcoming me in your community from day one! Thank you for cheering the loudest & being there for me every step of the way! Thank you Bálint, Zsolti & Kristóf for literally helping me with anything & everything! You guys rock! I can’t tell you how much your support means to me! I love you! ❤️ Thank you @mich_letendre for EVERYTHING! I cannot tell you how proud I am to call you my coach! I couldn’t ask for a better person to stand by me every step of the way! You helped me in so many ways this past year! You made me a better person & athlete. THANK YOU!❤️ & @ledancose let’s just say Bla-Bla-Bla🦇You guys are the best thing that ever happened to me! Thank you @thedavecastro for putting up an amazing event! It was a true test of fitness. Thank you to the staff, judges & volunteers for making this week such a success! You guys ROCK! Thank you to my sponsors for helping me get here & providing me with awesome gear & helping me recover faster than I ever thought possible! @blachprofil2 & @progenexeurope Thank you so much @adeecazayoux & @workingagainstgravity for helping me fuel my body properly to perform at its very best! That all being said I am so so excited for next year but first I am ready for some R&R with family & friends.. beyyy 👋🏻 #ThankYou #MyHeartIsSoFull #ILoveThisSport

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Finished fourth place this weekend at the Reebok CrossFit Games, missed out on a podium spot on a tiebreak to the fit and handsome @hogberglukas Very similar situation I was in two years ago where I was outside third place by a few points. I went as hard as I could on the finale to close the gap and it wasn’t quite enough. In situations like these you can choose to be bitter by looking at what could have been, or you can be grateful for everything you have. Happiness is a choice, so I will choose to be thankful for this amazing weekend! My goal as always was to use my abilities to place as high on the leaderboard as I was capable, and block out any noise that didn’t align with that focus. I was able to do that and have a lot of fun competing against some great men. Lots of thank you’s are in order for making this season so great: CrossFit staff and volunteers, your tireless efforts create this amazing competition. My wife @Clairelouisefikowski for your unwavering support when most of the year is anything but glamorous. My coach @rawstrengthandconditioning for your year-round wisdom. Mr worldwide assistant coach @danielcondon My sponsors allowing me to take my training to new levels: @Ascent_Protein @ReebokCanada @sidekicktool @Zevia Home-town support team: @drbanman @kelownacrossfit @organicbonebroth @sabretoothlifestyle My friends, family, and fans for your encouragement all year. This pursuit of self-improvement can often be a selfish journey, beyond grateful I still have you all on my side. And last, certainly least, my #emotionalshepherd @MitchBarnard Like every year this one has presented new challenges mentally and physically, proud of my growth through it all and finish the season the way that I did. Excited already to continue growing for the next 12 months and prove again I’m one of the best in the world. This journey is far from over! #CrossFitGames

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Being an inspiration for young kids like this…. This is what it’s all about! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yesterday, I was really sad after the final workout because I just couldn’t get that last Pegboard. I knew I had a lot more in me to finish that workout so of course was bummed the way I went out. These kids came up to me after with big smiles on their faces and reminded me exactly why I was here. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At the end of the day, it’s so easy to get caught up in your performance but competing at the highest level in CrossFit is so much more than that. There’s more to life than your ranking at the Games. Of course all of us want to place well and do the best we can, but sometimes your best just isn’t enough. And that’s how I felt this weekend. I was reminded by a good friend the other day that you are more than just your performance in a few workouts. You have the ability to inspire those around you and that’s exactly what I hope I’m doing and will continue to do. I will strive to put my best self forward, smile and stay strong no matter what challenges are thrown my way. 6 years in at the #CrossFitGames and not stopping anytime soon. ✌️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ XOXO LF ❤️ #MoreThanAnAthlete #GrownStrong

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How do I feel now that the @crossfitgames are over? Motivated & thankful. Competing alongside the best in the world was incredibly motivating. I’m going to take some down time now but I know I’m very motivated to continue pursuing the best version of myself in this sport. – I’m thankful for my fiancé / coach @slightlyabove_averageathlete , my family & friends, my coach @tinomarini , the whole @crossfitinvictus & @cfpandorasbox communities, my sponsors, & I’m thankful for all of the support from you guys. Thank you!! – PS- I’m thinking of posting an “event recap” each day over the next 2 weeks. How I felt about the workout, during the workout, my strategy, stories, etc. Would this be something you’d want to see me post about? #CrossFitGames

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Dear 20 year old Kara, Just a heads up that you're about to start this thing called CrossFit and it's going to rock your world. You're going to fall in love with it but face more challenges you could ever imagine. The cool thing is though, you're going to overcome them. Through the struggle and heartache you will rise a better woman than you would have been otherwise. At some point in time you'll think it's about winning and you will cry when you don't, but then it will become so clear that the process was what holds the most value to you. Work hard despite the outcome, build a good life with people to share this with and you will forever be content. There will be some amazing people by your side including the love of your life, so don't ever for a moment forget to see how lucky you are. Soak it all up. P.s. your mum raised you to be that special kind of resilient so when times get hard just remember its temporary and that stubborn head will come through with a win in some capacity every single time. Love from your 28 year old 4th Fittest Woman in the world self. 😘 . #imhisnumberone

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Wow! What a FUN weekend! For the last 3 years I have watched the Crossfit Games from home but this year I got to be apart of this incredible production. Yes the workouts are brutal mentally and physically but what you don’t see from watching at home is all the hard working people who make this event happen. Crossfit brings out the best in people and the CrossFit Games is a true depiction of the values of this sport and community. I’ve learned so much about myself as an athlete this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited to come back better next year💪🏼The support from the fans was absolutely indescribable and I can’t thank you guys enough for all the cheers and love❤️To my fellow athletes – thank you for the laughs, the fierce and humbling competition, and most importantly for the memories ( we survived a marathon row remember!!😳) More personal Thank you’s to come later but for now THANK YOU CrossFit for changing my life and for making me better everyday! Now onto 2019 after a little R & R 😴#crossfit #crossfitgames #allbarnhart @crossfitgames @crossfit

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