Bethany Shadburne is a raising force in the women’s CrossFit Games field. Competing in her fifth CrossFit Games in less than two weeks’ time, Shadburne took the top spot at the West Coast Classic ahead of 2020’s 3rd Fittest Woman on Earth, Kari Pearce.
The 27-year-old has a background in gymnastics and competed in bodybuilding before transitioning into CrossFit in 2015. She moved to Las Vegas at the start of the season to train with Underdogs Athletics alongside athletes such as Pearce, Danielle Brandon and Tola Morakinyo.
Her best CrossFit Games finish to date came in 2019, when she finished 8th, and she’s hungry for more.
“We have similar strengths but also really different weaknesses, so being able to push each other in those areas that are a little bit different has definitely levelled all of us up a lot,” Shadburne said about training with Pearce and Brandon during an interview with CrossFit.
“I’ve been really working hard in the last year and a half with more my mental game and gaining confidence, and gaining confidence in what I’m doing and not emplacements or achievements,” she mentioned about how she has evolved as an athlete.
“I think that kind of builds more success than just looking for a placement or a podium finish or money.”
She is approaching this years’ Games in a healthy way and hopes to find confidence in the work she has put in. “I think there’s more in the tank [than her 8th place at the 2019 CrossFit Games] but it comes from what I’m doing every single day and keeping [my head] right.”
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