She accomplished he main goal back at the 2014 Youth Nationals. As a side bonus to achieving her goal, she was ranked the #1 13&under athlete and qualified for Team USA. On top of that, she won her first ever international meet (IWF sanctioned meet) at the OTC. A couple of weeks later, at a meet Risto Sports was hosting with CrossFit Everproven, LG hit the American Open qualifying total.
At the start of my session, I had plenty of time to warm-up. I decided to get my arms and shoulders worked on. At the Olympia, I was worked on by one of the guys who founded ART, Dr Ripley. Never had my overhead position been better. So, in a attempt to recreate that, I got worked on by one of the staff in the medical area by the warm up room.
I power snatched 80kg in the warm-up room. I went for my opener- an easy 85kg. It was fast smooth and high. It was even better than the 85s I had done in training the prior weeks. It felt great; I felt no weight on the bar.
The next movements felt like an eternity . I caught the bar, it was a little out of position. It was so light though, it was weightless, I never even really felt the weight on my arms. I felt myself rock on my toes to steady it. A crucial moment then came: do I ditch this or do I try to save it. I decided to stand forward to balance the bar, it only rocked backward. The bar went backwards as I chased it forward . I heard a crack in my right elbow.
This seemed to elapse over several seconds when, really, from watching the video if it, it took only hundredths of a second.
I ran back stage in agony, screaming bloody murder for ice.
Coming into the warm-up room, the last thing on my mind was that I would injure myself . I only got worked on because I thought it would give me an advantage in my catch. I thought I had a better chance of the cut on my head splitting open and passing out than injuring any part of my body. I wasn't going to even attempt weights on the edge of my limit. I'm just completely shocked.
In the minutes we had until my next attempt, the medical aid tested my elbow with a bar overhead ,and I could hold it. Do we go for another attempt? It was clear doing 90-93kg would be gold and these are weights I handled, and I was not sure if my first attempt would hold-up.
We passed on my third. It still left the clean and jerk in question . The clean and jerk puts far less stress on the elbow . Do we try for a decent clean and jerk and overall total and jerk medal? John Thrush was able to give us some good perspective . Was winning a medal at this competition really worth it? No.
Ending on the optimistic side- being grateful