Dark horses make the Reebok CrossFit Games Open a great race. Hilary Achauer talks to two of many who are hoping to get to the Regional level....

    Skeleton racing is a sport that involves hurtling headfirst down an icy track at speeds of more than 70 miles per hour with no steering or braking mechanism. It’s something nobody in his or her right mind would do.

When Ryan Fischer heard about an open call for a spot on the Olympic skeleton team in 2007, he signed up to try out right away. Fischer kept getting hurt with skeleton and bobsled racing, tearing his hamstring and later his ACL, so in 2010 he was looking for something new when he wandered into Ute CrossFit, Tommy and BobbyJoHackenbruck’s gym in Salt Lake City, Utah. Given Fischer’s Olympic-weightlifting background, it wasn’t long before he was coaching and then competing.

Like many successful CrossFit athletes, 31-year-old Tiffany Hendrickson has a background in gymnastics. She earned a full-ride gymnastics scholarship to Boise State. She was the Big West champion on the floor in 1999 and 2000 and holds records at Boise State for the balance beam and floor exercise. After college, Hendrickson moved to England for four years with her husband, where she focused on raising her three children, who are now 8, 6 and 3 years old.

Hendrickson remained active with rock climbing and cycling, but nothing fueled her competitive fire until she saw a CrossFit gym near her home in Utah in February 2010.

Hendrickson didn’t know anybody who did CrossFit, but she was immediately hooked.

Who are your dark horses in the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games Open?

Read the full article in the CrossFit Journal, here.