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Local teen wins national CrossFit competition

Altamonte Crossfit’s Mattie Rogers, 17, of Apopka, Fla. was crowned Varsity Gauntlet Champion after winning first place the women’s varsity division of CrossFit Kids Teen Gauntlet held in Carson, CA in conjunction with the Reebok CrossFit Games.

Rogers, who grew up in a gymnastics gym, teamed up with USA Weightlifting and CrossFit coach Danny Camargo of Altamonte Crossfit just over a year ago. After competing and posting her scores in the annual CrossFit Open, Teen Gauntlet organizers extended one of 12 select invitations for her to come to California, pitting her against the best of the best, and the future of the rapidly growing sport.

She was tied going into the third and final test, which came down to the last nine reps of the workout.  Rogers said "I knew I was tied for first place going into WOD 3, but didn't know I actually captured the gold medal until Coach Danny ran up to me to celebrate minutes after all the other girls were done.  I was just trying to perform at my best, and I feel I did. I was excited to hear I actually won."

"Mattie was a great sportsman,” said Camargo. “After she solidified the win, there were several other athletes still executing their movements, and under fatigue, Mattie walked over and cheered her competition on right next to them.  Mattie has the full package.  She’s a stud.  She’s only 17.  She’s got a big future ahead of her.” Follow Gary W. Green on Twitter @garywgreen. Like us on Facebook: Orlando Sentinel Photography.

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