Anyone who has every wondered about the nationwide community that is CrossFit need only look at the response to the recent incident involving CrossFit games athlete Kevin Ogar. At the 2014 OC Throwdown, Ogar was performing snatches during the competition and dropped a loaded barbell onto his back, breaking two vertebrae and severing his spinal cord. Reports say that as of now he has no movement below his waist. Ogar is also a coach at CrossFit Unbroken, a box here in the Denver area. Ogar is uninsured and a fund was set up to pay for his medical bills. Two days later over $107,000 dollars have been donated from over 1,500 people. I can’t imagine what it is like for someone who lives to compete physically to possibly be paralyzed from the waist down. Medical bills should be the last of his worries.
I know plenty of people complain that CrossFitters talk too much about CrossFit or get too obsessed with it. I think moments like this show that this may be be the case because CrossFit is more than just a place to work out, it’s a supportive community of people who are bonded together by the love of a common experience, who feel their lives have been greatly improved through CrossFit and who grow together to form a family. My thoughts are with Kevin at this time.