Well, that’s about as official as it gets in the world of social media. After a 10th place Open finish out of the Central East, multi-time CrossFit Games podium finisher Julie Foucher has accepted her individual invite to Regionals for another year of competition.
— The CrossFit Games (@CrossFitGames) April 18, 2016
Foucher has long been one of the CrossFit community’s fan-favorite competitors, and the 27 year-old out of Cleveland, Ohio made her first CrossFit Games appearance in 2010, when she took 5th place. She followed that up with another 5th place finish in 2011, 2nd place in 2012, and 3rd place in 2013.
Foucher sat out the 2013 competition season to focus on medical school.
Though she previously stated 2015 would be her last year of CrossFit competition before pursuing her medical career, there was a lot of speculation about Foucher’s athletic future after she tore her Achilles tendon during the box jump-overs in Event 3 of Regionals. Foucher was in the lead in the Central Super Region when she was injured, and she ended up finishing the competition wearing a protective boot. She ended up finishing that weekend in 8th place, out of Games qualification, and for months it looked like Foucher’s impressive competition career would end on a down note.
It looks like her Achilles is heeled up (some double-under evidence below), and we imagine a healthy and energized Julie Foucher could be a force to recon with come May.
I’ve been practicing my double unders on vacation- cleans and toes-to-bar not so much. 😉 Post your double under videos from #16point2 tagging @rxsmartgear and #DUwithJF. I’ll pick my favorite on Tuesday to win an autographed poster from @rxsmartgear. Be creative and good luck this weekend! 💪🏼
A video posted by Julie Foucher (@juliefoucher) on
However, success on the Regionals stage is anything but guaranteed, and we’ve seen high-level Games athletes fail to qualify when faced with new competition, especially in the new Super Regionals format. Foucher will be fighting to qualify as a top-5 finisher in a competition that includes the likes of Jenn Smith, Nicole Holcomb, Stacie Tovar, Brooke Wells, and Elisabeth Akinwale.
Is a return to Carson in Julie Foucher’s sites, or will an increasingly deep pool of competition and young competitors be too much for the Games veteran? We can’t wait to see how things go down in the Central.