Prayers for Kevin Ogar
Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With Kevin Ogar
Written by C.J. Martin

We just wrapped up a weekend of competition at the OC Throwdown, and while there is much to celebrate and recap, now is not the appropriate time for that. The full focus and energy of the Invictus community should be with Kevin Ogar. Kevin suffered a significant spinal cord injury during a snatch event at today’s competition. As reported by his friends at Barbells for Boobs, Kevin does not yet have voluntary movement below his waist.

I don’t know Kevin personally, but I know the character of athletes in this community. I know that in order to get to Kevin’s level of performance an athlete has to show years of dedication, hard work and continually overcome perceived obstacles. I also know that Kevin is part of a community that will provide their unrelenting support to ensure that he has the resources he needs during his recovery.

As is far too common in our industry – and among seemingly invincible young, high-level athletes – Kevin is uninsured. His recovery process will take time and resources, and I believe that as a community we must rally together to ensure that money is not an obstacle in helping him receive the highest quality health care. Fundraising efforts are being organized, and Invictus will give it’s full support to those fundraising efforts as soon details are finalized. In the meantime, I ask that you direct your thoughts and prayers to Kevin Ogar and his family.

UPDATE : The Official Fundraising website for Kevin Ogar is now up. Please head over and donate to help his path to recovery.

http://kevinogar.com/

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Herkus
Herkus
January 14, 2014 7:27 am

What happened to Kevin was tragic but preventable. He should not be doing the dangerous, ignorant techniques that are what pass for “Crossfit” these days. If that hurts your feelings, too bad. Better that people know and more lives are spared than we all tiptoe around the fact that his injury was easily seen coming by people who’ve taken the time to study proper weightlifting form and who understand Crossfit for what it is: a poorly-regulated cash-grab run by immoral, incompetent, unqualified coaches.

ModernDayDrew
ModernDayDrew
January 14, 2014 7:35 am
Reply to  Herkus

Yet as we see again we have another immoral, incompetent, and unqualified poster who has no idea wtf they are talking about. I guess my classes with oly coaches are just a dream and getting judged to the standards weren’t real. Get bent helmet.

remcycle
remcycle
January 14, 2014 7:40 am
Reply to  ModernDayDrew

Except that the snatch is a pretty dumb exercise.

If you want to do deadlifts, do deadlifts. If you want to do cleans, do cleans. If you want to do shoulder presses, do shoulder presses. Do all three in separate sets even.

Don’t roll them all into one because it looks cool…unless of course you’re willing to pay for it with your mobility.

And yes, your classes with oly coaches don’t mean shit.

Tessa Yost
Tessa Yost
January 14, 2014 7:15 am

My thoughts are with Kevin and his family. Sending healing energy to him.

Katie I (NW)
Katie I (NW)
January 14, 2014 7:11 am

My heart goes out to Kevin and his family! My thoughts and prayers go out to him!

Nestor Coris
Nestor Coris
January 14, 2014 6:51 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you Kevin.

Liz Wollmuth
Liz Wollmuth
January 14, 2014 6:23 am

what is wrong with these people that they feel the need to post a negative comment about Kevin or crossfit? This was an accident, and a horrible one, this page should be about support for Kevin, not bashing the man, his actions or those of the crossfit community. Find another venue for that. Start your own page/blog/whatever. Show some respect for an athlete who was injured doing something he loved.

Custador
Custador
January 14, 2014 4:22 am

What the hell do you expect, seriously?! Crossfit has ZERO focus on proper form, and you seem to think you can haul Olympic weights without it. And now somebody has been seriously hurt because of that. How can you be shocked by this? Ten seconds on Youtube should show you EXACTLY how retarded Crossfit is. Jesus, people!

lasims
lasims
January 14, 2014 6:13 am
Reply to  Custador

If you think this, why are you even on this page??? Pretty ironic don’t you thing? Don’t disparage something you know nothing about. Makes you look unintelligent. When people use hurtful adjectives (retarded…really?) it usually means they have nothing intelligent to say. This man is seasoned athlete and accidents do happen… they can even happen to you when you are doing your bicep curls.

Wendell webber
Wendell webber
January 14, 2014 6:18 am
Reply to  Custador

Disrespectful internet troll.

Gemma Leevosky
Gemma Leevosky(@gemmaleevosky)
January 14, 2014 6:19 am
Reply to  Custador

With your logic, Olympic-level athletes MUST NOT get any injuries at all. Wait, they do here and there. If you have nothing logical to say, just leave. You’re one of those people who have no knowledge in certain areas but love to talk about it (usually bad things) and think they are smarter than others. In reality, you are nothing but a pathetic loser with a keyboard. Spend your time on something you really care, not what you don’t like.

Custador
Custador
January 14, 2014 7:02 am
Reply to  Gemma Leevosky

Please show me an example of an Olympic lifter breaking their back during a lift.

lasims
lasims
January 14, 2014 7:08 am
Reply to  Custador

I just googled olympic weight lifting injury videos and dozens of videos of athletes dropping bars on their heads and breaking bones came up… it happens…. just like all accidents

lasims
lasims
January 14, 2014 7:10 am
Reply to  Custador
Monica Bennett
Monica Bennett
January 14, 2014 7:10 am
Reply to  Custador

i think its sick how you are coming on a place where people are sending good vibes to a person who injured themselves doing something they love and you have the audacity to come on here and send such a negative vibe. Olympic lifters break things all the time, like their arms, so think before you speak.

Herkus
Herkus
January 14, 2014 7:20 am
Reply to  Monica Bennett

If you feel bad for Kevin, you should take that anger out on the people responsible for popularizing these dangerous, ignorant, improperly performed lifting techniques.

Luke Palmisano
Luke Palmisano
January 14, 2014 7:17 am
Reply to  Custador

Custador, Thanks for your response. My name is Luke, and I live in Denver, and work at CrossFit Verve. I can’t speak for the moderators for, or the employees of CrossFit Invictus, but I can assure you that your stereotype of CrossFit is wrong. We dedicate much time and effort to getting people to move safely, with loads that they can handle. I can say that I have had the pleasure of training people who previously had gone to CF Invictus, and it was obvious that they received fantastic training. More to the point, I think people may be put… Read more »

ModernDayDrew
ModernDayDrew
January 14, 2014 7:31 am
Reply to  Custador

Actually there is a video of Matthias Steiner and a few others whom luckily didn’t suffer too bad of injuries. I’d figure a fat fuck coach potato like yourself, who has nothing going on in your life, would of found something by now. I guess not, you’re too busy eating. Go figure!

Jon Smith
Jon Smith
January 14, 2014 7:32 am
Reply to  Custador

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY0pqlvjGFQ

Because this isn’t what happened to him right? Matthias Steiner only drops 432 at the olympics on his neck, doesn’t break his neck so he’s not an idiot right? Quit being ignorant you clown, in case you haven’t seen there’s a ton of olympic athletes who dislocate elbows and break them or drop weight on their neck during the olympics

Herkus
Herkus
January 14, 2014 7:19 am
Reply to  Custador

It was an accident that could have been easily prevented with even basic knowledge of proper weightlifting technique or responsible coaching, two things Crossfit dangerously lacks.

Olivia
Olivia
January 13, 2014 9:35 pm

He was injured from the competitions extremely terrible programming! Starting off with a 3RM touch and go snatch was stupid. And anyone who says that if they were in a competition but refused to do something because they felt it was unsafe is full of crap… They would man up and do it anyways. Kevin is an excellent athlete who preformed movements that have never been an option to do in the first place. But it was a competition and he did and he’s clearly suffering for the programming. He is a specialist, he’s a coach, so shame on all… Read more »

dmf
dmf
January 13, 2014 8:19 pm

It saddens me to see all of these negative comments. I did not see the accident so I cannot say what happened, but as the article states Kevin has been an athlete for a long time, and I am almost certain that he probably listened to his body, and followed the form that he has always done. He was obviously a strong competitor and very knowledgable about the dos and don’ts of olympic lifting, and this is a time to send prayers to him and his family, not to sit and talk about his insurance policy or how crossfit has… Read more »

Ali Jones
Ali Jones
January 14, 2014 6:17 am
Reply to  dmf

Well said. Thank you.

Amy Noraka
Amy Noraka
January 13, 2014 8:15 pm

It saddens me to see how little compassion most of you have for other people. Regardless of what caused Kevin’s injury or whether or not he had insurance, Kevin needs our help and compassion right now. Accidents happen every day and often times we even make decisions to do things that we know we should not be doing. However, when a tragedy strikes like it did to Kevin, it is not the time to cast blame or to be judgmental. It is always easy to look back and comment on what should have happened or what people should have done.… Read more »

scottrichardson
scottrichardson
January 13, 2014 7:28 pm

What a terrible accident. So sorry to hear of his injury. Yes, accidents happen, but when it causes an injury like this, it really does suck. How unfortunate about the insurance. Props to everyone who has donated so far and raised so much in such a short time.

TRT
TRT
January 13, 2014 6:54 pm

Why wasn’t he insured?

Tank
Tank
January 13, 2014 7:23 pm
Reply to  TRT

Irresponsible.

TRT
TRT
January 13, 2014 7:25 pm
Reply to  Tank

Or genius? 75K already?

Tank
Tank
January 13, 2014 7:29 pm
Reply to  TRT

Good point!

Chester
Chester
January 13, 2014 10:12 pm
Reply to  Tank

@ TRT & Tank: Shame on you for those particularly insensitive comments. God forbid you find yourselves in a position where you are struck down by significant sickness or injury REGARDLESS of fault or cause. I don’t know Kevin or anyone from the affiliate, but what I can guarantee is that any elite athlete would trade 10 times the figure you are quoting to be fit and well. Speedy recovery Kevin. Stay positive.

Joshua Pester
Joshua Pester
January 13, 2014 6:13 pm

Despite everybody’s personal views on CrossFit/Oly Lifting/Competition, I think we’re missing the point here. A good dude is having surgery ON HIS SPINE after a terrible ACCIDENT. It’s easy to say what ‘should have happened’ after the fact. The only thing that should happen now is everybody come together to help this guy out.

Ali
Ali
January 13, 2014 7:57 pm
Reply to  Joshua Pester

With all due respect that’s not the only thing that should happen. The other thing that should happen–NEEDS to happen–is a move to serious changes that reduce the risk of this ever happening again.

Joshua Pester
Joshua Pester
January 13, 2014 8:30 pm
Reply to  Ali

For the purpose of THIS blog post, I think the only important thing trying to be conveyed is that we rally around this athlete. All of the opinions are welcomed, but that is secondary to what the primary purpose is right now.

Kit Perkins
Kit Perkins
January 13, 2014 4:18 pm

It seems to me that athletes shouldn’t be allowed to compete without insurance.

http://masculon.com/fitness/kevin-ogar-injury-crossfit/

Anne Holtz
Anne Holtz
January 13, 2014 5:50 pm
Reply to  Kit Perkins

What’s next? Not working out if you don’t have insurance? Then people get fat get diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., then can’t get a job then are on disability and government assistance forever. Crossfit is very safe in most of the time. This was a very sad tradegy.

Tank
Tank
January 13, 2014 7:20 pm
Reply to  Anne Holtz

It is a sad tragedy, but you can’t compare “working out” and scalable CF to competition-level CF. It’s like comparing bumper cars to NASCAR. There’s no excuse not to have it as of Jan 1.

TRT
TRT
January 13, 2014 6:58 pm
Reply to  Kit Perkins

I thought everyone HAD to have insurance, period. I mean, I don’t like paying for it, but it’s the right thing to do….
Now people are paying for him…I just think there is something wrong with this system. Tragic yes. Prayers with him and family…but raising money for this just makes it seem like if you aren’t doing the right thing, everyone else who already pays, will bail you out. Flawed system.

Tank
Tank
January 13, 2014 7:27 pm
Reply to  Kit Perkins

Also, insurance isn’t a CF responsibility; it’s an individual’s responsibility, as of March 31, if you’re not insured, they’ll take 1% of your gross salary as a fine and still require that you get coverage. It’s a federal law now, folks. To not have it is like a glaring example of natural selection.

lasims
lasims
January 14, 2014 6:16 am
Reply to  Kit Perkins

Even if he had insurance, his condition would bankrupt him…

Joanne Cookham
Joanne Cookham
January 13, 2014 2:44 pm

Terrible but proof if proof was needed that Olympic lifts are dangerous and should not be treated so lightly. I Crossfit without oly lifting and its very effective. Oly lifting is highly complex and should be left to specialists. This is not and will not be the firt person we see disabled by the ever growing macho insanity prevalent in Crossfit these days. The Games has only done damage in my opinion. It has created unrealistic and dangerous goals. I wish him all the best

B. Brooke Mann
B. Brooke Mann
January 13, 2014 3:26 pm
Reply to  Joanne Cookham

Last edited 11 months ago by Michele Vieux
Eddie Amaya
Eddie Amaya
January 13, 2014 5:31 pm
Reply to  B. Brooke Mann

“”His athletic background began in high school where Kevin competed in Olympic and Power Lifting, and continued to compete in Power
Lifting through college at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Kevin
also played Rugby in college, and acted as the team’s Strength Coach” with that level of experience and yet still managed to get hurt only strengthens the argument that is to be left to the specialists.

Chris
Chris
January 13, 2014 5:53 pm
Reply to  Eddie Amaya

People get hurt on the platform at the Olympics, so you must be saying that the snatch and clean and jerk should be banned, since even experts get hurt.

Eddie Amaya
Eddie Amaya
January 13, 2014 6:09 pm
Reply to  Chris

sorry i have no idea what any of those are my life does not revolve around working out ,this was just a random article i read

Jonathan
Jonathan
January 13, 2014 7:30 pm
Reply to  Eddie Amaya

Then don’t pipe up and share your opinion if you admittedly know nothing about it. Geez.

Josh
Josh
January 13, 2014 6:59 pm
Reply to  Chris

What’s the worst injury ever suffered by an Olympic lifter performing only Oly lifts? This is just an honest question

Chris
Chris
January 13, 2014 7:09 pm
Reply to  Josh

This is one of the worst I’ve seen since I’ve followed the sport. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx6i2cyaSMc

Josh
Josh
January 13, 2014 7:21 pm
Reply to  Chris

So the worst injury you could find of an expert, oly lifter is one where he dislocates his shoulder/elbow? While this is extremely painful this is recoverable. Paralysis is permanent. If there’s one thing I wish the CF community would take away from this is that oly lifting is great…with the correct programming. It should not be done with other lifts/movements…for time….for reps….or for weight. It should be it’s own entity in a training program. Not performed in a circuit or with severely depleted energy.

Chris
Chris
January 13, 2014 7:37 pm
Reply to  Josh

I didn’t look very hard, this is just one that stuck in my mind. Did you see how the bar fell on his neck afterwards? It’s one of those things that is just a freak accident. Inch up or inch down could be the same situation – you never know.

Josh
Josh
January 14, 2014 5:44 am
Reply to  Chris

Oh the video you showed is definitely one of the worst, if not the worst, oly lift injury ever. What happened to Kevin is probably the first case of someone getting paralyzed performing an oly lift. However, all the major injuries you could find online of oly lifting injuries are of men/women who performed them at olympic levels and only focused on oly lifting. They have been training for years and the sport has been around for decades. Thousands upon thousands have performed these movements with the worst injuries being dislocated elbows, shoulders, knees. VERY painful, but recoverable…and they’re very… Read more »

Chris
Chris
January 14, 2014 6:05 am
Reply to  Josh

I agree 100%, a lot of the programming out there is asinine.

Josh
Josh
January 13, 2014 5:34 pm
Reply to  B. Brooke Mann

High school oly lifting and advanced professional lifting are two totally different levels unless you are in a specialty program and training with professional level coaches…not your typical high school strength coach. Now, I don’t know what level of oly lifting Kevin’s background is but I sure as hell know any experienced oly lifter will tell you you DO NOT perform oly lifts for time or max out reps/weight while performing other movements. You do it on it’s own with no other movements except for mobility drills. My heart goes out to this fine athlete and do not wish this… Read more »

Jared
Jared
January 13, 2014 7:33 pm
Reply to  Josh

Professional lifting? Olympic-style weightlifting is amateur sport.

Josh
Josh
January 14, 2014 5:31 am
Reply to  Jared

My apologies. A better would should be “expert”.

Ali
Ali
January 13, 2014 8:01 pm
Reply to  Joanne Cookham

Olympic lifts aren’t dangerous. Oly lifts performed CrossFit-style are dangerous. By CF-style, I mean any combination of: for time, in combination with other grueling movements/metcons, or with CF form standards (i.e. pressing out of either lift, elbows on the knees in the clean, etc). In my mind there’s nothing wrong with having an Oly lifting segment in a CF competition. But it should be done as the first event of a competition, as a 1RM or something similar (not as part of a met con or for time or whatever), and should be done with Oly form standards so lifters… Read more »

Herpa Dipderp
Herpa Dipderp
January 13, 2014 2:00 pm

Snap city

Katie Wedel
Katie Wedel
January 13, 2014 1:03 pm

Here’s the site where there are donations heading his way:

https://fundly.com/kevin-ogar-s-recovery

Ritarsha Y. King
Ritarsha Y. King
January 13, 2014 6:05 pm
Reply to  Katie Wedel

apparently the fundly site is taking 5% on top of the 3% that Visa is charging. If you wait, Barbells for Boobs is setting up a site that will only charge the 3% for Visa. Why someone didn’t set up an account through Paypal for this free of charge I don’t know…

T-Rex
T-Rex
January 13, 2014 1:00 pm

OMFG Having streamed some of the event it looked like a great time! To hear something like this happened was crazy! My thoughts and prayers for the guy…..I am hopeful that his surgery is successful and he is able to fully recover/compete again. Definitely gonna keep my eyes peeled for that fundraising page.

JP CrossFit
JP CrossFit
January 13, 2014 4:09 pm
Reply to  T-Rex
Nate Bacott
Nate Bacott
January 13, 2014 10:13 am

CJ: Thank you guys for posting this. I have been a friend of Kevin for 6 years and he’s the one who pushed me to get my L1 in the first place. We started CF together and he’s an amazing individual. Your post along with all the other support is getting through to him and he’s as stubborn and optimistic as ever. I chatted with him on the phone and he said “Screw patience. I’m gonna have a lot of fun getting that first step back.” Thats the kind of man he is. Thank you again for the post and… Read more »

Amina
Amina
January 13, 2014 10:06 am

Sending our support and thoughts to the crossfit family , from the crossfitSV team. Let us know what we can do to help