Sad but true folks. Emily Bridgers had hinted to us in January while competing at Wodapalooza that this would be her last season. Yesterday, she confirmed it on Instagram.
“This year, being my last season, has made me think about WHY more than ever. I’ve always competed because I love it, I want to use the talents I was given to accomplish as much as possible, and use the platform I’ve created to help and inspire others in a positive light.”
But why tho?!
In her own words:
“It just feels like the right time for that life transition. While fitness will always be a huge part of my life, I never intended on competing forever. I’ve been competing since I was 7 and I’m just looking forward to experiencing life in a new way with different daily challenges. Ben and I look forward to focusing on growing our business, hopefully starting a family, and possibly even going on a few non-fitness related vacations!
Don’t worry tho, you’ll still get to watch her compete at the Atlantic Regional in June and hopefully again in Madison this summer.
A look back at Emily’s career.
Emily Bridgers is one of those iconic athletes in CrossFit. She’s a four-time CrossFit Games athlete, five if she qualifies again this year. Her best finish was sixth in 2014, the same year she competed and won the Invitational with Team USA. Get this: in seven years of doing the CrossFit Open, she has never placed lower than 24th worldwide (2017); in her rookie season, she placed fourth, like in the world.
Bridgers was also a National Champion gymnast at the University of Georgia, but was sidelined after her Freshman year due to a chronic back issue that worsened, forcing her to walk away. That obviously wasn’t the end of her story and we doubt this will be either.