"I want to help CrossFit flourish in Thailand. The challenge of growing CrossFit here has been about overcoming a cultural barrier. Fitness in Thailand has always been about convenience and ease."
After narrowly missing a spot to the Asia Regional last year, Nathan Jirakasemnukul has registered for the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open, with the goal of representing Thailand in Seoul this year.
Growing up in America, he was surrounded by sports and competition.
“I grew up in a fairly athletic family with very supportive parents. Even until today, they come for the morning class at the box everyday,” he said with a grin.
Jirakasemnukul’s first love in fitness was soccer. After representing the University of New Hampshire Wildcats his freshman year, he decided to cut his collegiate soccer career short to focus on his pursuit in foreign services. Unbeknownst to the then 24-year-old, faith would bring Jirakasemnukul back to the shores of Thailand.