Highlights From the 2013 CrossFit Games
The CrossFit Games are over and Sam Briggs has won the most medals out of any athlete in history. Sam’s record breaking performance was so impressive that it made him the first person ever to win multiple gold medals at two different games. At this point, many people have already forgotten about all those other athletes who competed at these games before him, but they’re not going to forget about Sam Briggs anytime soon. His name will always be associated with winning.
Sam Briggs is a man who lives life to the fullest. He doesn’t just compete in CrossFit competitions; he competes in everything. He loves being active and doing things outside of the gym, which includes running marathons, mountain biking, hiking, surfing and even scuba diving.
Sam Briggs’ love for adventure extends beyond the world of fitness though – he’s been known to go skydiving!
Sam Briggs has also been known to do some pretty crazy things. For example, he once jumped off a bridge into the Grand Canyon. While this may seem like something only someone with a death wish would attempt, Sam Briggs did it because he wanted to experience what it feels like to jump from one side of the canyon to another.
(He didn’t actually make it) He’s also done things that no sane person could possibly think up: jumping out of airplanes and climbing mountains without ropes.
Sam’s not the type of guy that likes to sit around and do nothing. He prefers to be active and push his body to its limits. When he competed at the 2013 CrossFit Games, he wanted to feel like what it was like to do some of the events with no equipment at all, so in between events, he would run around the stadium naked.
His outgoing personality is not something he only displays at the CrossFit Games. In fact, it’s something that he’s been like since childhood. When he was young, his outgoingness was something that separated him from all the other children.
He would perform at talent shows and even play professional soccer for a while. His parents had to sign a waiver because he was underaged. While his passion for soccer eventually died down, his passion for being in the limelight remained.
While he may seem like a man who lives only for fun and games, he’s actually a dedicated athlete. His love of CrossFit is just as strong as anyone else who competes at the CrossFit Games. The first time he competed in Regionals, he placed 4th.
He trained extra hard for the next year, and passed everyone above him to successfully qualify for the 2013 CrossFit Games. When he got to the games, he didn’t just place first in every event, he broke world records.
Sam may seem like your typical fun-loving guy, but it would be wise not to dismiss him as such. There is more to him than meets the eye.
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