Hundreds Watch As 63 Adaptive Athletes Compete In 3rd Annual Working Wounded GamesPublished by webadmin on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 16:33
Brendan Ferreira, who was wounded by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan in 2010, was named overall champion Nov. 1 at CrossFit Rubicon in Vienna, Va.
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VIENNA, VA – When a suicide bomber ran up to then Army Staff Sgt. Brendan Ferreira in Afghanistan in 2010 "it was game over for the left arm."
In fact, even a couple years later, Ferreira would have told you it was game over for him.
"Doctors told me I wouldn't be able to do a lot of what I was used to doing," he said about life after the blast, which included a left arm amputation, hearing loss, vision loss and nearly losing his legs. "I listened to them because they were doctors."
So he started drinking. Eating bad food. Smoking.
"I blew up to 260 pounds," Ferreira said, and even though people kept telling him what an inspiration he was, he didn't feel that way.
"If people were going to say it, I at least wanted to earn it," Ferreira said.
Ferreira earned it Saturday, Nov. 1 as he competed in and was named the overall champion in the 3rd Annual Working Wounded Games at CrossFit Rubicon in Vienna, Va.
Sixty-three athletes competed in the games, the flagship fundraising event of the Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance. It pits adaptive athletes against each other in a functional fitness competition on a level playing field.
"For me, it's about competing in a place where there is no prize for just showing up," said Army Capt. Larkin O'Hern, a triple amputee wounded by a homemade bomb in Afghanistan on Jan. 1, 2011. "Nobody feels sorry for you because you're hurt. Everybody's hurt."
Athletes came from all over the world (as far as Chile) and included military veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, first responders, athletes born with missing limbs or cerebral palsy, amputees following vehicle accidents, and athletes with a traumatic brain injury.
They competed in pig flipping (220 to 400 pound wooden structures flipped end over end), weighted sled pulling, Tabata-style rowing and presses, burpees and sand bag tossing, medicine ball throws, weighted carries, kettlebell swings, deadlifting and more.
Spectators cheered the athletes on from the sidelines for every event, often rushing in and circling around those athletes who needed an extra oomph to get across a finish line.
"I look forward to this day all year," David "Chef" Wallach, owner of CrossFit Rubicon, who co-founded the Crossroads Adaptive Alliance, said during closing ceremonies. "And I just don't want you all to leave."
Proceeds from the Working Wounded Games benefit the Crossroads Adaptive Alliance and its mission to educate and train adaptive athletes to become adaptive coaches, helping to facilitate the reintegration of other permanently injured athletes back into both the sporting community and the local community at large through sport and competitive efforts.
"This is a level playing field," Wallach said. "It's an honest and fair competition. There are no injury classifications. No sex classifications." Just workouts to get done.
Sara Olsen, who co-founded the Crossroads Adaptive Alliance, said the event has tripled since it was founded in 2012, and nearly doubled in size just since last year.
"We're able to do this because of our sponsors," said Olsen.
The Milbank Foundation and Rogue Fitness were the 2014 Presenting Sponsors and LMT Inc. returned again this year as a Gold Sponsor.
LMT has been a sponsor helping coproduce the Working Wounded Games since its inception in 2012.
"When men and women are impacted by war, we have to support them in every possible way, said Lani Hay, CEO of LMT, the leading company helping provide predictive analysis for military commanders in Afghanistan in support of counter improvised explosive device operations (the very weapons that wounded O'Hern and Ferreira.
"It's our duty."
ABOUT THE WORKING WOUNDED GAMES:
Working Wounded Games is the flagship event of the Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance. It pits adaptive athletes against each other in functional fitness competition on a level playing field – no complex category system, no scaling, no holds barred. This year's event will take place at CrossFit Rubicon in Vienna, Va. Nov. 1. Come out and cheer on the athletes. Live score updates will be posted for those who can't make it in person.
ABOUT THE CROSSROADS ADAPTIVE ATHLETIC ALLIANCE:
The Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance supports adaptive athletes through sport, community and education. It provides grants for athletes to compete in events nationwide, hosts the WWG, educates coaches to work with and program for adaptive athletes, and educates and trains adaptive athletes to become adaptive coaches, helping to facilitate the reintegration of other permanently injured athletes back into both the sporting community and the local community at large through sport and competitive efforts.
The Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance brings the profoundly important sources into one centralized environment. An open source community built not just for adaptive athletes, but by adaptive athletes, their coaches, and experts in a broad range of fields.
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LMT Inc. is a mathematic optimization company, helping business and government to transform otherwise ambiguous data into clear and actionable insight. Where most people see the events and details of life and work as narratives, LMT views the world through a mathematical lens, observing data points and numbers.
Deep in that data lies the meaning to numbers – trends, patterns and predictions of what may happen in the future. For government clients, that means preventing future harm from occurring to people and property. For business leaders, it gives them the solutions they need to make informed decisions.
For the last decade, LMT's team of analysts have studied the narratives from the frontlines of military operations to help predict and prevent military troops and civilian communities from getting hurt. Private organizations now increasingly turn to LMT for equivalent predictive analysis.
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