Mar 11, 2018
In the blink of an eye, Kevin Ogar went from completing what should have been an ordinary snatch — 235 pounds, light for his one-rep max of 300 — to death’s door, paralyzed from the waist down.
Small things matter. A lifting platform that tilted slightly backward, a barely noticeable heel slip, a small backward-forward movement to regain balance, microseconds at best, all combined in an instant. Ogar bailed on the lift. The barbell went out of control behind him, bouncing off the back of his left shoulder, into a stack of 45-pound weight plates, and then the bar came whipping back, crushing part of his thoracic spine. -From the Team USA article
I first learned about Kevin when news of the 2014 event hit. I finally met him at the CrossFit Games a couple years later and he asked me to come to Denver to conduct a seminar at his CrossFit Box. Kevin's relationship with fear and fear management is unique, to say the least. His mental toughness has created a compassion and passion that makes him an incredibly motivating and effective coach. It's hard to slack when your coach is Kevin Ogar.