No Rest for the Weary: Kristi Eramo O’Connell Competes at Heart of America One Week After 2020 Games

October 1, 2020 by
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Most CrossFit Games athletes take a couple of weeks or even a month off at the end of the season. They spend time away from the gym, the strict diet they have during training is thrown out the window, they relax and step away from competition. Kristi Eramo O’Connell is not like most athletes, less than a week after competing in the online stage of the 2020 Games she was back at it on an in-person competition floor.

The 2020 CrossFit Games: O’Connell made her fifth-straight Games appearance this season, her fourth as an individual athlete, placing ninth in the 30-woman field. For O’Connell it was her third top-ten finish as an individual at the Games. She started this year’s competition off strong, recording a pair of top-ten finishes and standing in one of the coveted top-five spots after the first two events of the day. A sixth place in “Nasty Nancy” to start day two gave her some hope but would eventually fall short of her goal of competing at the Ranch in Aromas, CA.

  • “The online stage was really fun!” said O’Connell. “I was hoping for another day or a few more events but all in all it was a good time.”

No rest for the weary: Citing a few days of rest, recovery and being healthier than normal after the Games, O’Connell was back competing, this time at the Heart of America Team Competition, a three-day event in Springfield, MO this past weekend.

  • “I decided to compete at HOA a few weeks back, after we heard the games were virtual. The opportunity came up earlier and I had declined but when we found out we weren’t traveling for the Games and I was asked again [and] I decided why not go have some fun with friends.”
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O’Connell teamed up with good friends and Games legends Dan Bailey and Margaux Alvarez, and former Regional athlete Jarrett Bond to compete on a team sponsored by 1st Phorm. The prospect of also doing a live, in-person competition also appealed to O’Connell.

  • “HOA was a total blast!! It was fun, so professional and I think people were just happy to have an in-person comp. in 2020,” she said.

Though their team finished tied for eighth in a stacked field that featured numerous Games and Regional athletes and teams, O’Connell was not deterred by the outcome at all and was more excited about the prospect of being around the community, competing in a live event with friends and also the chance of doing more events in the future.

  • “I think for me it’s just about saying yes more! I love competing with my friends! All my team experiences have been amazing. If it’s the right team and the right time I just may do more of it.”