Friday, October 10, 2008

Kallista Pappas at the Crossfit Games

If I could nominate someone inspirational for Radicals for Happiness it would be Kallista Pappas for her performance at the 2008 Crossfit Games held on the 4th of July weekend. The format of the games was three timed workouts on Saturday (all three very demanding workouts) and the final workout on Sunday. The best cumulative time on all three workouts wins the games. Kallista wasn't in the running for top spot (she was only 14 years old) but she won the hearts of everyone at the games with the workout shown below. Thirty repetitions of clean and jerk with 100 pounds (she only weighs 103). At the start of this video the camera is on Jolie, the women's winner of last year's crossfit games. In the background you can see Kallista on her 23rd rep where she falls and the bar lands across her shins. Jolie finishes and the cameraman moves in to catch Kallista's finishing reps. You can read more about Kallista Pappas and other participants in the "Sport of Fitness" at Here is her performance at YouTube:


Ted Keer said...

Thanks for posting this, Mike. Kallista means "most beautiful" in Greek by the way. The cameraderie is impressive, reminds me of what I've seen of the military, and my experience on the town swim team as a youth. It's good to see people pushing themselves to excel, and even nicer to see people also pushing each other to excel.

Mike Erickson said...

The video on youtube has been removed but you can still find it on the crossfit website here:

kg6ejp said...

Looking forward to watching her again this year at the 2009 CrossFit Games!