Though Julie Foucher, CrossFit's second-"Fittest Woman on Earth" in 2012, won't be competing in the 2013 CrossFit Games, it doesn't mean that the medical student can't still inspire other athletes as registration begins for the 2013 CrossFit Games Open.
Foucher recently shared one of her early videos learning basic barbell movements at Ann Arbor's Hyperfit USA. Though most know Foucher for her high-skill gymnastics movements, impressive pound for pound strength, and fan-favorite inspiring motor, the video shows a younger Foucher diligently learning basic cleans, jerks, push presses, and snatches with her CrossFit coach, Doug Chapman.
When people start an exercise program, people often say that you "have to start somewhere." While Foucher's mobility and overall body control is still apparent, especially for a newcomer to CrossFit and Olympic lifting, it's amazing and impressive to note that the video of her learning these essential lifts was taken just three years before she finished second in the 2012 CrossFit Games.
Think that this year's CrossFit Games competition has already been decided and we're guaranteed to see a three-peat for reigning champions Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir? With the 2013 CrossFit Games Open season just around the corner, perhaps we'll be seeing the next Julie Foucher in this year's regionals as the sport continues to expand into the mainstream.