Behind the Cheering Squad: What Goes into Supporting an Elite Athlete

August 22, 2022 by
Image Credit: Ava Kitzi

When it comes to balancing support and space, providing food, managing game-day emotions, and everything in between, Lisa Wells is a pro. It doesn’t hurt that much of her experience came from raising competitive twin girls–Brooke and Sydney Wells– throughout their athletic careers as children and into adulthood. 

Sydney, who competed at the University of Missouri on the Track and Field team and has now transitioned into being a competitive CrossFitter, placing 16th at the Granite Games this year, was supposed to be born first. But as her mother tells it, Brooke fought her way out first, sans tooth and nail. This competitive streak, while chaotic at times for Lisa, gave both girls a streak that has made their competitive careers special. 

  • “They did gymnastics, competed in softball, danced together, and lots of different sports and activities together their whole lives,” Wells said. “So when they did their own things, it was glorious because they didn’t butt heads.”

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