Olivia Kerstetter Reflects on Individual Debut: “The most important thing I learned was that I belong”

November 10, 2022 by
Image Credit: Enrique Villaseñor (@enriquevmedia)

Annie Thorisdottir first competed at the CrossFit Games in Aromas, California in 2009. One thousand, six hundred miles away in Kansas was 3-year-old Olivia Kerstetter. Throughout her CrossFit career, which she started at eight-years-old, Kerstetter has looked up to the stars of the sport as role models. 

Now, with two teenage championships under her belt, Kerstetter is poised to be the next big thing to hit the individual field. She debuted her prowess and potential at the Rogue Invitational last month. 

Kerstetter ended the weekend in Texas in 16th place, including a 2nd-place finish in the final event. Kerstetter says that these results weren’t exactly what she had in mind, but she is taking it in stride as a learning experience. Kerstetter says she has refined guidelines for what to train for leading up to the 2023 season, and a renewed sense of confidence. 

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