Emma Cary Withdraws From the 2022 CrossFit Season

Cary cited not fully recovering from a previous back injury as her reason for ending her 2022 season.

CrossFitter Emma Cary announced her withdrawal from the 2022 CrossFit season on March 25, 2022, on her Instagram page. Due to a previous back injury that has not fully recovered, Cary felt that she would not perform at the level needed for the rest of the season. CrossFit HQ also shared the news:

I’m so, so sad that my back just isn’t ready for the HUGE 2022 comeback season I had planned.

Cary ranked 2,475th worldwide at the conclusion of the 2022 CrossFit Open. She ranked third overall in Workout 22.1, 9,676th in Workout 22.2, and 216th in Workout 22.3. She ranked 16th overall at the 2021 CrossFit Games at age 16.


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Despite having to withdraw from the 2022 season, Cary seemed to remain in high spirits as she looked forward to a long offseason to recover and return stronger in the 2023 CrossFit season. In the caption of her Instagram post, she wrote:

“I have 500 days to pour my everything into training for the 2023 CrossFit Games and a lot of opportunities to get even more resilient, tough, and smart. These past three months have been the hardest time of my life, but with trials come the exact lessons I need to reach my full potential in this sport.”

Emma Cary’s CrossFit Career

Cary is still very young compared to the rest of the elite Individual division. She and fellow teenager Mal O’Brien took the CrossFit world by storm in 2021, soaring towards the upper ranks of the CrossFit Games leaderboard. Cary and O’Brien finished 16th and seventh at the 2021 Games, respectively, with O’Brien receiving the Rookie of the Year award. Cary dominated the Teens division before stepping into the limelight of the elite Women’s division in 2021. Below are her previous notable finishes:

  • 2019 CrossFit Open (Girls 14-15) — First place
  • 2020 CrossFit Open (Girls 16-17) — Second place
  • 2021 CrossFit Open (Girls 16-17) — First place
  • 2019 CrossFit Games (Girls 14-15) — First place
  • 2021 CrossFit Games — 16th place

We’ll see if a year and a half of recovery time will be what Cary needs to return in peak form at the 2023 CrossFit Open.

Featured image: @emmacaryy on Instagram