Alessandra Pichelli has announced she will “retire from competing at the elite level” after 10 years in the sport. The announcement was made first on CrossFit’s official podcast and later she shared her thoughts on an Instagram post.
Alessandra Pichelli finished 22nd this year at the CrossFit Games and came to the spotlight after finishing 4th in 2013.
”The thrill of competing and the fans kept me coming back year after year, but it feels like the right time for me to step back and spend more time with my husband and family and say yes to some of the opportunities you have to say no to in pursuit of our goals.”
The Canadian athlete is 35 years old and has competed at the CrossFit Games every year since 2012 except for 2020. She has also competed once in team Diablo CrossFit Anejo at the Games and finished 3rd overall.
Alessandra Pichelli Retirement Statement
Striving to be the absolute best version of myself is what drove me throughout my career! I always saw myself as a warrior when I was out on the competition floor and enjoyed being alongside others with the same mentality. I will miss that bond of Games athletes who understand the sacrifices necessary to get to this level.
That’s why it was such a difficult decision to retire after the CrossFit Games! I had identified as a CrossFit Games athlete and it has been the most rewarding decade of my life. The thrill of competing and the fans kept me coming back year after year, but it feels like the right time for me to step back and spend more time with my husband and family and say yes to some of the opportunities you have to say no to in pursuit of our goals. I have no regrets and wanted to leave the sport both physically and mentally healthy.
For 10 years, I have been programmed to constantly evaluate my weaknesses and devise a plan to get better every year. This had become such a habit that after the CrossFit Games this year I felt lost. What’s the next goal now? What’s the point of still training ? It took some time away from the gym and social media to really change my outlook on my priorities. I went back to my beginnings – doing CrossFit to stay healthy and to have fun. That’s part of why I waited to make my official statement and speak to CrossFit about it on the podcast. However, announcing my retirement in a sense is helping me to really start this chapter in my life.
I’m grateful to CrossFit for all the opportunities and amazing memories made all across the globe. CrossFit certainly shaped who I am today and I can say I am proud of all that I have accomplished. I am not sure yet how my next decade looks like , but I will definitely approach it with the same passion, drive and commitment that I gave to CrossFit.
There are so many people I have to thank within the CrossFit community: all my coaches, my fellow athletes, training partners, volunteers and judges, sponsors, family – nothing great is possible without a great support system- so thank you!