Individual Rookie Chelsey Hughes Withdraws from 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games

Though she’s no stranger to the Reebok CrossFit Games — having competed on team BRICK CrossFit’s Games teams in 2013 and 2014 — Chelsey Hughes fought for three years straight to qualify as an individual out of the highly competitive East Regional. In 2017, she had a breakthrough and punched her ticket to Madison as an Individual.

Thursday evening, The CrossFit Games’ Twitter and Instagram accounts announced Hughes had withdrawn from the competition due to an injury. The exact nature of the injury hasn’t been specified on the Games’ or Hughes’ personal social media accounts.

The 31 year-old athlete based out of New York City withdrew from the Run-Swim-Run workout and posted a 34th place finish on the second event, a specially-designed “cyclocross” course that was the first of its kind in Games history.

Earlier on Thursday, it was announced that 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Champion Camille Leblanc-Bazinet had withdrawn from this year’s competition due to a shoulder injury.

We’re wishing Hughes a speedy recovery and return back to training.

Featured image: @crossfitgames on Instagram, photo by @tomcampitelli

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