Worlds Away, Amongst Friends

A Regional competition on a National level

A short time ago I received a phone call — inside of which I was asked if I would like to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark and tell the story of the CrossFit Games Europe Regionals. I had never been outside off the Americas, and it happened to recently added to my vision board at the beginning of the year, so it was time to make it real. Thursday morning when I arrived in Paris, my second stop along the way (who cares about Detroit) and it was there that I realized that this was not America. It was a cool new feeling to have to learn how to navigate simple obstacles when you don’t speak the native language. (Hand signals are clutch). Luckily airports are full of multilingual folks and I was able to smile my way into being chauffeured to my next gate. The Europe Regionals were so much more than I ever could have imagined. CrossFit is such a powerful and unifying activity. I’ve seen this at home among people of different walks of life. However when you elevate it to a global level, there is an unbelievable sense of heightened of connectivity. In other words when you bring together people of different nationality and challenge them to represent themselves, their box and their country in an international competition, you are setting the stage for something EPIC. This may be true for other sports. This may just be how everything in Europe is, but I had never seen it in person before and I’d like to believe that CrossFit brings out a competitive fire that cannot be matched by many other sports.

It will take me a long time to understand the magnitude of everything we accomplished this weekend and the magic that I was able to witness. I remember at one point standing on the competition floor and just taking in the atmosphere. I would tarnish the memory if I tried to describe it. There are moments in your life when you are able to look back and say, “That was truly something special.,” but there are only a few times where you can stand in the midst of something and recognize its value in the moment that it occurs. That is what happened to me over the last 4-5 days.

CrossFit creates an opportunity for people to reconnect with themselves. These Regional competitions bring together competitors, volunteers, spectators and staff that share a common bond. The Europe Regional was a fantastic snapshot of concentrated wellness. I am honored to have been a part of it.