On Saturday, Sam Briggs reached out to the CrossFit community to help her get a visa to travel to the United States and compete at the 2018 CrossFit Games. Briggs said she had about one day to get everything sorted out before it was too late to make the trek over the Atlantic Ocean.
After that post (which has now been deleted from Instagram), Briggs shared a surprising photo last night of her in Madison, Wisconsin. Briggs was helped by the Office of Field Operations within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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When I thought there was absolutely no way I’d be competing this year all the stars aligned and I made it to Madison just in time for check-in . . . I’d like to send a massive thank you to the team at the Office of Field Operations within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They helped me out of a huge jam and got me into the U.S. on time to compete in the @crossfitgames It wouldn’t have been possible without you!
Now that Briggs is in Madison, she can begin preparing for Day 1 of the Masters competition on Wednesday.
This is not the first time Briggs has encountered visa issues. Two years ago Briggs had similar issues getting to the States. That time she also asked the CrossFit community for help and was able to squeak into the States at the last second.
Briggs’ visa issues likely stem from the year she lived in the United States during 2015. It is rumored that she overstayed her visa which has complicated her travel back to the States these last few years.