Kevin Ogar

This past weekend, Kevin Ogar was injured in a freak accident at the 2014 OCT (held in Southern California). This accident severed his spinal cord at T11-12. He has no feeling or movement below the waist.

Kevin is a coach at CrossFit Unbroken and is currently uninsured. As a member of the community we would invite you to get involved in the support this young athlete. You may do so in one of two ways:

1. Spread the word by sharing this message.
2. Donate to Kevin’s Recovery fund:

Thoughts from Michael Winchester, Director of The Fittest Games

What happened is as simple as it is tragic. A missed snatch at the 2014 OC Throwdown came down on his back, severing his spinal cord and leaving him paralyzed from the T-11 vertebra down. I’ve seen several other athletes drop bars on their backs in training – I’ve dropped a bar on my back in training – but fortunately never with this result…

We live in a dangerous world. In our training, we do dangerous things daily – whether it’s throwing heavy barbells over our heads or swinging from pull-up bars and rings. I want you all to recognize and respect the tools that we work with in the gym. We use them to make us strong, but they can also do great hurt. We cannot eliminate all danger or injury. To do so would be to deny the human condition. What we can do is take advantage of each and every day we are given – in the way that it is given to us.

We will not stop snatching. We will not stop CrossFitting. We will not stop doing what we do. It makes us better human beings. Nothing in life comes without risk. For every action there is a consequence. We might die in a CrossFit workout – but we also might die in a car wreck on the way to work. I would rather die doing what I love. Only awareness and authenticity can help us minimize these risks while we live our lives to the fullest.

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Photo Credit: Marie Lyssa Studio (Photography & Cinematography)

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