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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jolaine Undershute Crushes the CrossFit Games

When it comes to the CrossFit Games, Jolaine Undershute has had her setbacks - food poisoning, back injuries.. However, she's always come back better and stronger than ever. In 2013, she finished the Games in 4th place in the Masters 40-44 division. Last year, she was unable to compete due to a serious back injury that had her sidelined right before the games kicked off. This year, she came back
with vengeance and ready to perform. The Masters division kicked off on Tuesday, and preceded over 3 days. Jolaine picked up 2 first places event finishes in the Thruster and Sandwich workouts, as well as a second place finish in the Double Hanger. Though she dominated at these events, it wasn't enough to get her in the top 3, as she finished the week in 7th place. However, we are so thrilled for Jolaine, coming back off a serious injury and finishing 12th in regionals, and a strong 7th in the Games. 

We were able to catch up with Jo after the games concluded on Sunday and we asked for her reflection on the games. Here is what she had to say...

"Unfortunately it was bitter sweet. It wasn’t the overall placement I had anticipated. Event one had bar muscle ups, one of my strengths. But for some reason I was unable to perform them efficiently, and ended up placing 18th on that event. I did not give up and came back with a first place finish on event two. Although I was discouraged after day 1, sitting in 10th place overall, I gave it my all on day 2 and 3. I came back in event 5 with a second place finish and event six with a first place finish, but it wasn’t enough to move me up the leader board with the new scoring system."

After chatting with Jolaine, she left us with two quotes that she used to motivate herself throughout the games. 

“It’s hard to fail, but it is worse to never have tried to succeed.”

“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”

The next time you are struggling to get through a WOD, or just need some motivation, riddle off these quotes to yourself - we bet they will help you push through! Once again, congratulations Jolaine! 

Team Infinit also had another athlete competing in the games - Emily Abbott. This was Emily's second appearance at the CF Games, and she didn't disappoint! Check out our review on her performance here