Sam Cournoyer Returns to Individual with Top-10 Mindset

October 11, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Enrique Villaseñor (@enriquevmedia)

Only two months ago, Sam Cournoyer stood atop the CrossFit Games podium alongside Mayhem Freedom teammates Taylor Williamson, Andrea Nisler, and Rich Froning, Jr. Together, the team earned a sixth team title for Mayhem Freedom which was Froning’s tenth overall.

Now that the flashing lights and screaming fans are long gone, Cournoyer is back in his garage gym in Quebec, Montreal preparing for December’s Dubai Fitness Championship, where the 26-year-old will make his official return as an individual athlete.

The original plan was to debut at the Rogue Invitational at the end of this month, but Cournoyer’s online qualifier video was rejected when he failed to weigh the barbell and weight plates on camera, as submission requirements instructed—a detail that Games veteran Travis Mayer also admitted to missing

“That was really hard but, you know, live and learn I guess.” The disappointment did come with a silver lining; it gave the Canadian some unexpected time off with his new wife and their two kids (Sam and Dominic were officially married on August 20th of this year), which he treasures more than ever after spending a year away from family and friends while training in Cookeville, TN.

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