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Adaptive Athletes Participate in CrossFit to Tear Down Stereotypes

Adaptive Athletes Participate in CrossFit to Tear Down Stereotypes

Kevin Reece of KHOU 11 News highlights the second annual WOD for Wheels event at Crossfit EADO pairing able-bodied and adaptive athletes side by side in CrossFit workouts.

More than 100 athletes, a dozen of them limited by debilitating injuries, accidents, or illness, crowded into a CrossFit gym south of downtown Houston Saturday to build muscles and to tear down a few stereotypes at the same time.

CrossFit EADO hosted the second annual WOD for Wheels event pairing able-bodied and adaptive athletes side by side in CrossFit workouts. Organized by Angel Gonzalez and the co-owners of CrossFit ReDefined in Spring, a portion of the entry fees are dedicated to raising funds for adaptive athletic equipment.

“People giving no excuses,” said Gonzalez, a wheelchair athlete himself. “And you know at the end of the day it’s that we want to be on the same playing field and we want to raise the awareness for adaptive athletes.”

Jessie Medina, a U.S. Marine veteran who lost his right leg and part of his left hand to a land mine in Afghanistan, did box jumps on one leg, and donned a prosthetic leg to haul weighted sled across the CrossFit floor.

Krystal Cantu, who lost her right arm in a rollover car crash one year ago near San Antonio, pulled the same sled and displayed what she called her “stubborn determination” in a heavy rope toss.

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