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Sam Dancer Making Waves in Age Group Division After Injury Withdrawal Last Season

August 2, 2023 by
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Five-time Games athlete Sam Dancer suffered a bicep injury last year, ultimately taking him out of the 2022 Games, but you wouldn’t know it. Dancer currently sits in first place for the 35-39 age division one event into day two at the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

Dancer, who led the CrossFit Invictus team to a 2nd place finish in 2018, moved on from team competition and entered into the 35-39 age division last year. While a bicep injury and subsequent surgery made him slow down for a bit, Dancer is clearly back with vengeance. 

The age division and adaptive athletes began competing earlier this week and will round out their Games appearance on Thursday, August 3. 

  • After the first event on Wednesday, August 2, Dancer now has two 1st place finishes under his belt and two 2nd place finishes out of four total events. 
  • He won Test 2: Farmers Field test by more than 10 seconds and Test 4: Pulling Power by 32 seconds.
  • Dancer has 380 points going into Test 5: Gymnastics Chipper and will close out the day with Test 6: Cross-Country 5K (likely a damage control event–he finished in last place in 2015 at the 7K Ranch Trail Run) it remains more than likely though, that he will start the final day comfortably in the first place spot. 

Dancer has been an icon of the sport since his first Games appearance in 2016 when he pulled a 615 pound deadlift, winning the ‘Ranch Deadlift Ladder’ event by a long shot. Aside from his impressive strength and abilities as an athlete, he’s known to many as a gentle giant. He and wife Jenn Dancer started the Dancer Love Foundation that empowers people with disabilities through fitness. 

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