Kristi Eramo Declines Invite to CrossFit Games

Kristi Eramo at the 2018 CrossFit Games Central Regional. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
Kristi Eramo at the 2018 CrossFit Games Central Regional. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

Kristi Eramo qualified for her third consecutive CrossFit Games appearance after finishing 26th worldwide in the 2019 CrossFit Open. Eramo, however, will not be competing in Madison, Wisconsin, this August. Eramo has elected to decline her invite to the Games in order to focus on her health and well-being.

Eramo entered the season with the goal of qualifying for the CrossFit Games again. The goal would be put to the test with Eramo getting married and going on a honeymoon the first week of February, just two weeks before the start of the Open.

Her 26th worldwide finish in the Open allowed her to qualify for the Games via the Top 20 (after National Champions). But according to Eramo, once she achieved her goal for the season, she took a step back and “realized that this season may not be in the cards for [her].”

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In one week, I will complete the last competition of my 2019 season… ♥️ . . I am excited to share with you that I have declined my invitation to compete at the 2019 @CrossFitGames. . . . There is not one specific reason why I have declined but multiple. Some may ask WHY🤷‍♀️?! . . . I believe that life is full of decisions. At times there may be things that serve you and there are times those things that once served you no longer do. I absolutely worked my ass off this year in the Open to qualify after a longer off season than normal due to a major life event – Getting Married The first weekend of February and Honeymoonin right after! I wouldn’t have changed it for the world 🙌🙌. I fought and I fought hard to earn my spot and prove I deserve to go back 😁 . . . Jumping into the season, I had one goal… make it back the the Games. Once I realized I had accomplished this goal, I started to search within and ask myself if this still served me for this season. After checking in with my body and my mind, I realized that this season may not be in the cards for me. My health and well-being come first. This year I am looking forward to taking a step back to let my body and mind heal and give myself a chance to exhale. . . . I am looking forward to being more present with my friends and family. I am looking forward to spending more time with my @crossfitpolaris athletes helping them achieve their goals as they have always supported me as I shoot for the stars 🌟 to achieve my dreams. . . . This has been an extremely tough decision for me, but I believe it is the right one. Not spending the summer Games training will be a huge change as lately it is all I know. Change is scary but I am excited to take a step back for 2019. Thanks for all the love and support 🙏♥️♥️ 🤙#crossfit #Crossfitgames #thebestisyettocome #memories #hardwork #tbt #followyourheart #doyou #beyou

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Eramo will wrap up her 2019 season by competing at the Rogue Invitational this weekend. After that Eramo will focus her time at her affiliate, CrossFit Polaris, and spending more time with family and friends.

Following her announcement, fellow Games athletes commented on her post.

Jennifer Dancer said, “This is why I have always loved you!!! You are so good with finding balance and I love that about u!! You are amazing kristi.” 

Kristin Holte commented, “I don’t like that you won’t be competing with us at Games, but I love you and I am sure this is the best decision for you this year❤️ Can’t wait to take the competition floor with you next weekend 🐯💥 It’s going to be epic.”

Margaux Alvarez said, “You’re an amazing athlete and an incredible person with a great heart! Perfectly said – ‘if this still served me’. Our goals and paths may evolve and change over time – we simply change directions and keep moving forward ❤️💜.”


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