The Power of a Moment: 18-Year-Old Anikha Greer Picks up 4,000-plus Followers Overnight After Event Win Saturday Night
In 2010, a young French Canadian girl took the competition floor at the CrossFit Games for the first time under the lights at the Home Depot Centre in Carson, CA. With muscle-ups ahead of the times, she dazzled the crowd, destroying her heat in the process. And in just a few short minutes, the entire community knew who she was. She was, of course, 2014 Games champion Camille-Leblanc Bazinet.
Anikha Greer’s performance in Celebrate 10 under the lights in Miami on Saturday night felt oddly familiar to Leblanc-Bazinet’s breakout performance in 2010.
The 18-year-old Canadian competed with poised aggression, as she effortlessly worked her way through her handstand push-ups, overhead squats and muscle-ups, looking as though she was enjoying herself every step of the way.
After her event win, she could hardly contain her excitement.
“I just kind of settled into that pace I know, and once (the announcer) started saying my name, I was like, ‘You can’t stop now.’…That fired me up so much,” she said in a post-event interview.
Still all smiles, she told the Morning Chalk Up shortly after, “Oh man, I feel like I belong…I had a couple workouts where I had things just not go my way…and I wasn’t really where I wanted to be, and I was doubting myself (before that event). I was like, ‘Am I fit?’…that whole existential crisis moment,” she said.
She is fit, very fit, and the community immediately took note.
Within an hour after her event win, Greer, who had 6,940 followers on Instagram prior to Celebrate 10, picked up 500 new followers. And by Sunday morning, she had hit 10,000.
Greer heads into the final day of competition in 14th overall, and while she is unlikely to take a top spot in Miami this weekend, after 10 minutes and 38 seconds of handstand push-ups, overhead squats and muscle-ups, it is crystal clear that a new star is born.