In early 2015, Canadian CrossFit athlete Kristine Andali suffered an Achilles tendon rupture in training and had to sit out the rest of the season. After making an impressive recover and coming back strong out of the 2016 CrossFit Open, Andali — now living and training in California — has withdrawn from her Regional after suffering a shoulder injury on Event 1 (the snatch ladder).

From her Instagram account:

Full text of the post is quoted below:

Unfortunately, I had to withdraw from the California Regional. ⠀

I don’t know what happened with my shoulder, but while failing my first snatch at 175, I could hear my should pop, and again on the next attempt. After being seen by a medical professional after the event, it was determined that I could not go on. Having attempted just to hold a handstand it was clear that my shoulder was unstable. ⠀

If I were to continue I feel that I may succumb to irreversible damage. I refuse to undergo another long and strenuous recovery as I did with my achilles. I don’t know why this happened, but I’m going to take time to heal, both physically and mentally. ⠀

I love what I do, this doesn’t make me not love what I do, but these things happen. I’ll do this as long as I’m happy and healthy, and if I’m not healthy or happy I will not jeopardize my health for competition. ⠀

I truly did feel like this was gonna be great year for me, I knew I could do it, which is what makes this difficult. I’m just gonna take it one day at a time and wish the best to everyone competing this weekend.

I know I have a lot of great friends and people close to me concerned for my health, I can assure you that I will be ok, and that I just need a little time to myself before I can get back to everyone.

Thank you for you concern. ⠀

Andali’s recover and rise back to form last year was impressive, and heading into the weekend, she was one of our experts’ top picks for a first trip to the CrossFit Games.

We don’t doubt the 25 year old “CrossFit Xena” will be back for another run after several narrow misses (in 2014, she competed out of the uber-competitive Canada East Region against Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and Michele Letendre and finished just outside qualification). 

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