I came across this video from the 2008 crossfit games. I’m certain the depth and historical nuance is lost on me re: BBS, High rep O-lifts, crossfit etc. None the less, I thought some discussion/commentary might add value by considering the footage at face value.
The comment associated with the video (quoted below) touts “damn near perfect form” and is held up as a motivational tour de force. This is so frightening to me; when the video opens you can see a young girl (Kallista Pappas) in the right-background completely shitting the bed on her power jerk, then 10 seconds later another competitor in the left-background bombing out of her clean (‘supose those were “NO REPs!”)
Ms. Pappas admirably perseveres showing great courage and determination. And from that perspective her performance is truly impressive, but I have a teenage daughter myself. So I’m compelled to post here and solicit thoughts and a little perspective regarding the well being of competitors in this environment.
Here is the quote associated with the video:
“I was just rewatching this video the other day. It's of 14 year old Kallista Pappas at the 2008 Crossfit games doing 30 100 pound clean and jerks for time... thats pretty much her bodyweight... with damn near perfect form. Watch how quickly she drops back under the weight during the third pull... and look at how quick those elbows are. An unbelievable performance. This videographer was actually shooting one of the favorites, last year's womens overall winner Jolie Gentry (another animal), as she finished the last workout of the Games. After she finishes, the cameraman picks up on all the excitement behind Jolie... it's Kallista pounding through the same workout.... and the crowd 110% behind her. Remember......... this girl is only 14. Watch it, and then try to match that intensity in your next workout. Free motivation here people.”