The Patriot

October 20, 2009 6:00 PM

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hires_20090126-A-5414L-013a.jpgLieutenant 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."

Steve Smith Interview ... [wmv] [mov]

Steve Smith on Working Out in Iraq ... [wmv] [mov]

20 comments on this entry.

1. NG wrote...

October 20, 2009 8:16 PM

Dude, I met Steve Smith the night before the Affiliate at the hotel. He was watching Castro slog through the run on the "Standards" video. Hell of a nice guy, and very humble. This is the kind of person we should all strive to be. Selfless, encouraging, and a firebreather. 4:45 Jackie? That has gotta be a C-Fit record of some sort.

To put that in perspective, if he rowed, say a 3:18 1000m, which is absolutely flying, he would have done the rest in 1:27. What a pimp.

And, remember, he was probably eating MREs and chow-hall slop. Give this guy six months at a real affiliate and some good food, and he will be in the top ten

If you want to make excuses for your inadequacies, just think about what he has accomplished

2. NG wrote...

October 20, 2009 8:26 PM

After watching the video of Steve, I realized he had to sub SDHPs for rowing----still an impressive time in my opinion....

3. Peter Egyed wrote...

October 20, 2009 8:29 PM

Yo Steve!

It was great getting to know you over that weekend and I am definitely proud to have competed with you. Thank you for all that you do and keep training!!

4. jake wrote...

October 20, 2009 9:25 PM

i was a big critic of steve being allowed to the games because i thought his LCQ wods were suspect, especially getting to sub sdhps on jackie. with that said, from these two videos, steve seems like just the kind of guy that you would want representing CF and our country. thanks steve for your committment to serving our country and keeping our citizens safe. congrats on making it to the games. i hope it works out so you can attempt to qualify in 2010.

5. Ryan @ CrossFit 714 wrote...

October 20, 2009 9:28 PM

Inspirational stuff right there. Thanks, Steve.

6. Jeff Leonard wrote...

October 20, 2009 10:02 PM

Steve,
It was great meeting you, its nice to know that we have people like you fighting for and representing our country over seas. Thank you for all you do. Hope to see you again and catch up.

Jeff

7. Herm wrote...

October 20, 2009 10:12 PM

Steve, you are my Hero. Everything NG said x 100.

8. Ryan Brown wrote...

October 20, 2009 10:49 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting Steve when he dropped into my affiliate for some last minute prep immediately before the games. After meeting him and seeing him train I knew he was a real monster and super nice guy. I was stoked to see him perform so well in Aromas. Like NG said, I'd love to see what this guy could do with better training/dietary conditions prior to competition.

October 21, 2009 1:52 AM

I've worked out with this cat when I was just getting introduced to crossfit.
He's an animal.

10. DANNY LAU wrote...

October 21, 2009 8:56 AM

Thanks for everything you and the troops are doing all over the world for us in the U.S.
Be safe and "get some".

11. kris kepler wrote...

October 21, 2009 10:32 AM

Lieutenant Steve Smith is a real American hero....

well put.

12. Jamie F wrote...

October 21, 2009 11:40 AM

Try living with this guy.....the spiritual WOD's deff outweighs the physical WOD's!

13. Steve Smith wrote...

October 21, 2009 12:09 PM

I will beat Bob Barker anywhere or anytime.

14. Lara wrote...

October 21, 2009 5:44 PM

Steve Smith is my brother...yup...I'm related. What a lucky girl! SO PROUD OF HIM!

15. Rick wrote...

October 21, 2009 7:08 PM

Proud of you Steve and thanks for all you do!

16. Brian wrote...

October 21, 2009 8:06 PM

Steve,

I met you briefly at CP when you were sitting with your mom and dad. I would like to thank you again for the outstanding way you represent our men and women in uniform who have sacrificed so much. Congratulations on your accomplishments in the Crossfit games. Airborne All the Way.

17. Chuck Wood wrote...

October 22, 2009 11:38 AM

Steve is the man! I agree with Jamie, his commitment to Jesus is even more impressive! If you ever get a chance to work out with Steve ask him where he gets his strength. You'll realize you're in the presence of a spiritual giant!

18. Chuck Killian wrote...

October 22, 2009 7:08 PM

I have never met Steve, but I have met his parents and not much more needs to be said! His parents have told me stories about Steve and 'a good story' has a way of introducing you to another; and in that way, I have become very well acquainted with Steve and count it one of my highest joys. Steve is 'CrossFit' in every regard. Thank God.

19. Caroline wrote...

October 24, 2009 5:36 AM

Way to go Steve. You are impressive to watch and Lara, you are lucky! Very proud and honored to have met you. Still praying for you out there!

20. Steve Smith wrote...

November 8, 2009 11:30 AM

This post has been up for a couple of weeks, but I'm just now seeing it. The internet connection is too slow here to download the videos, but I want to say thanks to everyone for your incredibly encouraging comments. I hope to represent everything spoken of here to the up most.

Except the Bob Barker comment. That wasn't me. Thanks for that, Jamie.

Can't wait to get home!!

Peace.
Steve Smith