Lieutenant Steve Smith is a real American hero. When the last chance qualifiers were announced, Smith, a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborn Division of the United States Army, was deployed in Iraq. He jumped at the chance to represent our boys overseas and to honor the men who will not be coming home. In the last chance, he posted excellent times for all three events: 4:06 for the Deadlift/Double Unders, 4:45 for Jackie, and 11:34 for the "10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1" WOD.
The hurdles he encountered in order to submit a video on time, much less be granted time off for competition were massive. Regardless, Smith was able to make the Games. "It's a huge honor for everything to have worked out," he says. He finished 48th overall in the games. Despite this strong finish, he does not advocate deployment to Iraq as a preperation tactic for the exercising public... "unless you don't mind fried chicken and Hot Pockets for your diet."