Frenchman Willy Georges, a top-level athlete, has announced that his CrossFit season is over. He injured his shoulder and will have to go into surgery.
“Saison finie,” he wrote on a personal message on his Instagram account, indicating the end of his CrossFit season. He suffered a subscapularis tendon tear on the shoulder (he did not specify which shoulder).
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Willy Georges informed fans via Instagram that he heard a crack on his shoulder after finishing CrossFit Open 21.1 workout. “I had to stop. I figured it was just a temporary thing, so I pushed and did the 21.1 again with pain the next day.”
He writes that CrossFit Open 21.2 workout was performed again under pain. “But Monday’s workout was the workout too many, and my shoulder gave out…”
The powerhouse from France explained that this was the same shoulder he injured in 2020 before Wodapalooza and that took him out of the competition that year.
Although injured, he confirms that his training programming will continue “in order to continue to share my experience of the high level […] and thus to help our athletes to progress, to become better and to reach their goals.”
Willy Georges has won France’s Fittest Man the past four years and competed in the CrossFit Games on two occasions: In 2019 he finished 21st, after being cut due to a judge’s error, and in 2018, where he finished 9th overall. In 2018, during the CrossFit Open, he finished 3rd worldwide, his best spot yet.
Georges is the second prominent CrossFit athlete to have been forced out of the season due to an injury. Icelandic legend Sara Sigmundsdóttir has announced her injury early this month.
Below is Willy Georges’ Instagram post translated by Deepl.com.
Not easy to announce but confirmation this morning: rupture of the subscapularis tendon, I will have to be operated. Season over.
Since my injury a year ago before the Wodapalooza, my shoulder was fragile and I knew that I was playing with the limit in order to prepare myself as well as possible for this new season so much awaited (to train with pains being the daily life of the high level sportsman and to know how to adapt to them!) Unfortunately for me, during an attempt on the 21.1 I heard a “crack” in this same shoulder, and I had to stop. I figured it was just a temporary thing, so I pushed through and did the 21.1 again with pain the next day. I continued this for a week, until I did 21.2 with pain. But Monday’s workout was the workout too many, and my shoulder gave out…
The most frustrating thing is to know that I’m in great shape, and not to be able to prove it during this season, which I wanted to achieve in the best way. But I am one of those who always try to move forward, and I never had anything easy in life, I always had to work harder than others to achieve my goals. As they say, the harder the battle, the better the reward, so I prefer to think that the reward that awaits me must be truly beautiful.
I’m ready to take on the challenge of coming back, and coming back even stronger.
I will take advantage of this time to continue to invest myself and to develop my WYS TRAINING program even more in order to continue to share my experience of the high level, as well as my knowledge of programming, and thus to help our athletes to progress, to become better and to reach their goals.
I will need a few days to digest this, but once these few days are over, my determination, my motivation and my desire to succeed will have no limit.
Thank you, my wife, my friends, my family, and all my sponsors for supporting me. And as one of my former coaches would say: ”An injury is simply a gift we give to our opponents. A break. ”
- Willy-Georges: Willy Georges