James OPT Fitzgerald made peace with the new nature of his contribution to the Games in 2009 as an organizer, rather than an athlete. While extremely difficult for his athletic ambitions, the move was necessary in his mind to ensure the Canada West Qualifier best represented CrossFit and that appropriate standards were met.
"Honestly, I was OK with it," he said on day one of the 2009 competition. "I had planned on taking the whole year off and cycling in."
That was back in May. In a fortunate turn of events, OPT did make it to the competition and did exceptionally well. "Honestly I felt like I owed it to the community...This year I'm just here for the experience."