Michelle Merand Almost Missed Her CrossFit Games Ticket in Her Spam Folder

January 22, 2023 by
Credit: Michelle Merand(@mishmerand)

As Michelle Merand received a host of congratulatory messages on social media in the summer of 2019, she had no clue why. People seemed to think she was heading to the CrossFit Games, but that couldn’t be the case, could it?

The South African went to her emails, searched her spam box and found a message informing her she had qualified for the big dance. Merand had missed The Open due to injury, and came fifth in her semi-final. 

She did not realize that the first four women had already qualified for the Games via other routes meaning she was in line to take the next qualifying position. 

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