If you’ve been following any of the CrossFit forums within the past week, you may already be familiar with the name, Kevin Ogar. You may have even come across speculation as to what happened, from people dissecting the youtube video to posts on the local news websites. While some posts are rather “ugly” and focus on the negative, there are more articles that focus on the positive and are reinforcing what it means to be a CrossFit community. A community that gathers together and rallies around a fallen athlete that could so easily be one of us.
As coach at CrossFit Unbroken in Englewood, CO and an accomplished elite level athlete himself, Kevin Ogar’s focus each and every day is to help make people better. His kind-hearted personality and genuine care for an athlete’s well being is what makes Kevin shine and those around him are drawn to his warmth and caring attitude.
As an athlete Kevin is no stranger to pushing himself to his greatest abilities. He is so comfortable in the uncomfortable and his ability to handle pain is far beyond that of a normal human being. A Superman in his own right. Kevin excelled in CrossFit the most, being one of the best in the sport. This is his legacy. CrossFit is a part of him and will stay that way forever. He will continue to affect people positively through CrossFit and through his triumph over this tragic event.
On January 12th, 2014 Kevin Ogar’s life changed forever. He suffered a traumatic injury to his spinal cord as a result of a “freak accident” while competing at an event in Orange County, California. At this time, Kevin has no movement below the waist and will be faced with numerous surgeries and a long road ahead for rehabilitation.”
Kevin’s CrossFit family has set up a fund to raise money for the ongoing medical treatment and therapy. Unfortunately, he has no insurance and all expenses will be paid out of pocket. As of this writing, the CrossFit community has raised just over $206,000. The goal is to reach $250,000. If you can make a donation, this link will take you directly to the donations page. If not, please help in spreading the word about Kevin’s story. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kevin and his family during this long road to recovery ahead.
Back Squat 5-5-5
“CrossFit Open WOD 11.2”