Seung-Yeon Choi Qualifies for Sophomore Appearance at CrossFit Games
Allow the Champion of last weekend’s Far East Throwdown to introduce herself:
“My name is Seung-Yeon Choi and I am a CrossFit athlete. Now, I’m (going to the) CrossFit Games for the second year in a row. My life in Korea is simple: I wake up, eat, exercise, and sleep.”
Calling Choi’s training program “exercise” severely undercuts both her efforts to get back to Madison, WI for her second Games appearance and her dominant performance in Busan during week three of Semifinals. Choi racked up four first-place finishes, sweeping days one and two of competition, and ending out the weekend with a third and second-place finish in the final two events.
Despite the masterclass performance Choi put up for the rest of the women’s field, 28-points ahead of second place and 80 ahead of third, the weekend wasn’t a smooth race. With a sprained ankle and injured back, Choi wasn’t fully confident in her abilities going into the weekend but was able to deliver the results she needed to reach her goal, which was to punch her ticket back to the Games.
“I’m so happy for now. I was worried a lot because my back was not good, but I am honored to get a good result,” she said.
With the competition just barely behind her, Choi admits that the gravity of her performance, and what it means for the rest of her summer, hasn’t fully sunk in yet. In fact, Choi doesn’t think the experience will fully sink in until she sets foot on American soil. Her plan is to leave her hometown of Jeju Island and CrossFit Rikka to go to the United States early and train for the Games following the Mayhem Athlete programming.
Choi saw major improvements in her Semifinals performance from last year when she barely locked up second place and ended her season at the CrossFit Games in 34th. With this knowledge and confidence in her fitness, Choi has big goals for the 2022 Games.
“My goal is to be in the top ranks of the Games on behalf of Asia. For that goal, I will make every effort,” Choi declared.
* – Special thanks to Denise Lee for translation assistance.