Charity Vale: 2nd Place Overall

July 17, 2009 4:22 PM

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Games09CharityCheerKristan.jpgCrossFit is a family affair for Charity Vale. Watch CrossFit by Overload's video of her ... [wmv] [mov]

Charity placed 2nd overall with a dominant final workout (18:24, which was a full two minutes faster than the nearest competitor). She also came in second in the Triplet workout. Amazingly, she came in ninth in both the long run and the deadlift.

Charity and husband Jeff are CrossFit Snohomish in Snohomish, WA. Jeff trained for and competed in the NW Regional Qualifier. Charity and Jenny Olson (Jeff's sister, who came in eighth overall) decided to join him, mostly because they thought it would be hard to make the trip to Aromas without being able to participate. They don't train to win, nor to compete in the Games. But they're obviously doing something right!

Charity was a Level-10 gymnast and a Globogym-type personal trainer before Jeff found CrossFit about three years ago. Jenny jumped on the bandwagon a year later. Jenny said she does CrossFit because it's quick, she doesn't need daycare, and can do it in her garage. Both she and Charity have three kids.

When Charity finished the final workout, she celebrated briefly with Jeff, then went to cheer on her competitors. She is pictured here with Kristan Clever, the second place finisher on the final event, just a few meters from the finish line.

19 comments on this entry.

July 17, 2009 5:51 PM

I love this video! I'm so proud of Charity, mom of 3, for the amazing job she did at the games!
-Robin, Canadian affiliate owner and mom of 2

2. Tommy Hackenbruck wrote...

July 17, 2009 6:39 PM

Way to go Charity!!!! You are a great person and amazing athlete. I'm sure you will be inspiration for my wife after we have our second child around Christmas. Great meeting you and Jeff in Aromas. See you guys next year.

3. Kim Malz~FitMom wrote...

July 17, 2009 7:26 PM

OUTSTANDING performance Charity~way to represent us CrossFit Moms!

Charity was spectacular to watch in the last 2 WOD's on Sunday-true gymnast intensity.

All the best for continued success.

4. Mike Molloy wrote...

July 17, 2009 7:39 PM

First off, congratulations to Charity, that was a series of amazing performances!

Quick side question, where did the kettle bells come from? Having some that could better handle being dropped from height would be fantastic.

July 17, 2009 7:58 PM

They are from Torque Athletic Super comfortable, but they sure bounced (one went over the GHD!). Can't attest to the durability, but I really liked them.

6. Kevin wrote...

July 17, 2009 8:06 PM

Great writeup and vid on Charity! I've had the pleasure of being coached by the Vales, and they are the perfect example of a Crossfit lifestyle. They walk the talk, and they want nothing but the best for their friends, who also happen to be their clients. As you can see from the photo, they know how to get it out of you. Way to go Charity!!

7. Tanya Wagner wrote...

July 17, 2009 8:19 PM

Way to go Charity! Great work last weekend and what a pleasure to work beside you! I hope I'm half as fit as you after 3 kids. I still can't get over how calm you were before each one of those workouts...and then you'd go kill each and every one! Congratulations and awesome job!!!

-Tanya :)

8. Greg wrote...

July 17, 2009 8:42 PM

Charity, congratulations from everyone Gravity Janes in Issaquah, WA. Way to represent the Northwest. Your performance at the games...especially on The Chipper, was AMAZING!!!! Can't wait to watch you next year.

9. cleverhandz replied to comment from Kevin...

July 17, 2009 10:00 PM

doode... u have no idea. i wanted to drop that damn plate sooo bad... but there she wuz, demanding that i reach the finish line....

Charity - you are a dear, a badass, a fabulous person, and an inspiration.
Thank you.
(i told ya you'd kill that last workout!)

may i be blessed enuf to cross paths with you again,

kris clever

10. Leslie P wrote...

July 17, 2009 10:00 PM

Charity- Not only an impressive athlete, but that picture says it all. I love that you finished, then helped others do the same. Awesome, just awesome. Great job, and way to represent the NW!

11. Jay Roughton wrote...

July 17, 2009 10:03 PM

Truly inspiring...I hope to see you guys up in Lk. Stevens for a WOD soon!

12. Blair Lowe wrote...

July 18, 2009 1:25 AM

Gymnast makes sense since I told my friends she looked like one at the Games.

Very impressive, especially when she was back out there cheering others on.

13. Paul NW CrossFit wrote...

July 18, 2009 7:23 AM

Great work charity!!!! Way to throw down for the PNW. I need to come check out crossfit snohomish considering i have family who live there. Lets make an even bigger showing from the NW next year at the games. Once again great work!!!


14. ec wrote...

July 18, 2009 10:04 AM

charity is a powerhouse! you CRUSHED that final wod, sister! congratulations on the entire weekend and looking forward to seeing you at next years games.

15. TomW wrote...

July 18, 2009 10:29 AM

Congrats, Charity (and Jenny)!

16. Jennifer Kellams wrote...

July 18, 2009 11:08 AM

Truly impressive, Charity. Hope to see you and the family again next year.

17. Kallista wrote...

July 18, 2009 12:54 PM

I'm so happy and proud to know you. Very inspiring performance at the games and I hope to see more of you and your family in the future. Come visit us soon!



18. Charity wrote...

July 19, 2009 10:48 PM

Thank you so much for the support from each and every one of you. I appreciate all the kind words. It was a grueling weekend and I COULD NOT have done it by myself. I think I'm finally recovering!

19. Drew D/M/24/6'/172# wrote...

August 9, 2009 1:48 PM

I loved when Jolie started her BF Pullups and the crowd just went nuts. These girls are in a league of their own, clearly.