Why is Nicole apart of Team SAR?
How did Nicole get into CrossFit?
I always knew going through my amputation my goal was to one day be physically active again. Growing up I was extremely active with basketball, cross country, and track. I had heard of crossfit through one of my best friends who had been training for over 3 years. She mentioned working out with a gentleman who was a bilateral BKA, and thought this would be right up my ally. I dove right into looking up everything I could about the sport and stumbled upon the Working Wounded Games. Seeing so many athletes with injuries like mine, and ones that dwarf mine in comparison lit a fire in me, I wanted to do this now, like right now. After looking at gyms in my area I ended up at Buckeye Crossfit. I love my gym. They are supportive in my training, push me to work hard, and help with the goals I want to accomplish. Crossfit has given me strength, confidence, and a second family.
What Does Team SAR mean to Nicole?
I would love for someone watching Team SAR competing this year to say, I can do this too. Whether they are adaptive for just a regular joe. If I can motivate even just one person to live a more active and healthy life that would be amazing. Also- if I can show someone about to go through with an amputation, or are still trying to wrap their brain about a new one that their life isn’t over. That they can have a new, strong, amazing life that is in their control. I know how scary, and unpredictable life feels like when you are going through recovery. You can do this, I am doing this.