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CrossFit® / January 2018
Maureen Quirk, Global Newsroom

Teen CrossFit Phenom Stares Down 2018 Games Season

When Haley Adams was a high school freshman in 2016, CrossFit published an article on her.

The narrative began with chilling dialogue between Adams and her male classmates, the sad reality of the taunting this muscular young woman – like so many others – was forced to deal with from her peers on a daily basis. haley-adams-crossfit-nano-8-4

Two years later, Adams is now a junior and two-time Reebok CrossFit Games Teen Division podium finisher.

But perhaps even more impressive is that last spring she also earned a spot in the Mid Atlantic Regional, making her the youngest athlete to ever qualify for Regionals. 

“The year before, I was watching Regionals as a spectator thinking, ‘Oh man, I hope I can make it here when I’m too old for the Teen Division,’” she recalls. “I never thought I could make it that next year until there I was.” 

“Competing in Regionals was the best experience of my whole CrossFit career,” adds Adams.

Since Adams already has two competition seasons under her belt and is just 17 years old, many in the CrossFit community are projecting a lengthy career – one full of many more highlights and accolades – for her.

With the 2018 Games season in view, these potential accolades and new experiences are looming. 

And Adams is ready to take them on.

“Even though I still have one more year in the Teen Division, I want to focus more on Regionals this year,” she says when asked about her goals for 2018.

Even though I still have one more year in the Teen Division, I want to focus more on Regionals this year.

“Last year, I didn’t really focus on Regionals because I had no idea I could make it. This year, I actually want to do pretty good. I want to be better and more consistent.”

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Although the 2018 competition season is next on her agenda, Adams is not shy to disclose she has long-term goals, too.

“It’s easy for anyone to say in five years they want to win the CrossFit Games,” she says. “But you have to put it into perspective.”

“Yes, obviously winning the Games is my goal, but I first have to think about the progress I need to make that will eventually get me there.”

“That progress is my focus every day.”

Obviously winning the Games is my goal, but I first have to think about the progress I need to make that will eventually get me there.

Adams then turns the topic, making a point to acknowledge she has also set long-term goals that extend beyond CrossFit. 

“I am absolutely getting a degree in something,” she says. 

“I want CrossFit to be full-time for a long time, but I think it’s really important to have a college degree.”

“I see lots of athletes now that have college degrees and they’re the top athletes,” she continues. 

“If they can do it, I can do it,” Adams says.

I see lots of athletes now that have college degrees and they’re the top athletes. If they can do it, I can do it.

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Adams is wearing the newly released Reebok CrossFit Nano 8 Flexweave. Tried the shoe? Tweet @Reebok to let us know what you think.  

CrossFit® / January 2018
Maureen Quirk, Global Newsroom