CrossFit 808 in the Media

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2014 REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES
July 2014

Team CrossFit 808 finished 10th at their second CrossFit Games appearance.



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2014 REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES
July 2014

Mary Schwing finishes her third CrossFit Games with a second place finish. This podium finish makes the third for Schwing, who finished 1st in 2012 and 3rd in 2013.



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2014 REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES - NORCAL REGIONAL

They didn’t need to win Event 8 to stay in the top three, but CrossFit 808 did anyway. Not only did they win, they set an event record with a time of 9:40.

The overhead squats in this event are deceptive. Although there are only seven of them, the 49 pull-ups fatigue the shoulders and cause many athletes to stall out, struggling to get below parallel with the bar overhead.

Showing off their well-rounded team, the athletes of CrossFit 808 had no problem finishing the work. Their athletes worked smoothly through their reps, with Umeda finishing up the overhead squats, clinching the win for her team.

“We did it. Event record!” Umeda said after the event. “Out there you never really know. We knew we took first, but then we heard the announcer say it was the event record by a minute and that was even better.”

“We’re so excited for the Games,” she said. “Ready for a little break first, though!”



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2013 REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES
"Defending Her Title: Mary Schwing" by CrossFit Games
July 2013

Defending 60+ champion, Mary Schwing, is sitting in third place after the first two days of competition. Schwing, who hails from CrossFit 808, talks about why she loves CrossFit and loves to compete.
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2013 REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES
"NORCAL REGIONAL REPORT: SANTA ROSA SHOWDOWN" by CrossFit Games
May 2013

All weekend, the women of CrossFit 808 have demonstrated their strength. This event turned into a battle between CrossFit 808 and Diablo, and it was the 808 women who managed to make up ground and bring the win home.
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2013 REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES
"A Big Girl Does Burpees: Brandy Richardson" by CrossFit Games
March 2013

Who says big girls are slow at burpees? At 6-foot, 180 pounds Brandy Richardson proves that theory wrong by winning Open Workout 13.1. The former collegiate basketball player is competing on CrossFit 808's team, alongside Elyse Umeda.
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2012 REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES
"Qualified Athletes: NorCal Teams" by CrossFit Games
May 2012

Games Qualifying Teams: CrossFit 808, RCF Honey Badgers and Diablo CrossFit Anejo.
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2011 REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES
"Games Athlete & Affiliate Owner: Elyse Umeda" by CrossFit
November 2011

2011 Reebok CrossFit Games athlete Elyse Umeda is also the owner of CrossFit 808 in Honolulu, Hawaii. In this video, she shares her CrossFit story about how she became a successful affiliate owner and Games athlete.
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2011 REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES
"The Women of the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games" by CrossFit
July 6, 2011

Hawaii’s golden girl, Elyse Umeda, dominated the 2011 Northern California Regional.

At the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games, you’ll see many of your favorite female athletes for the women’s competition. But this year’s Games season opened up the competition to a much wider group of competitors. Those who weren’t able to compete in previous years will show their faces at the Home Depot Center this year. With 47 women competing, 28 did not compete in the individual 2010 Games level. Get to know all these athletes here, learn their stats, and read their stories.
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2010 CROSSFIT GAMES FINALS
“Redemption Year - Elyse Umeda Talks about her comeback”
September 17, 2010

Elyse Umeda of CrossFit 808 actually qualified for the 2009 CrossFit Games but was unable to compete due to an illness in the family. For her, 2010 was a redemption year and she made the most of it, finishing 11th at the Games in a tribute to her grandfather.

In this video shot in the warm-up area at the Home Depot Center, Umeda talks about what drove her to get back to the Games, what it felt like to finally get to compete in the test of the world's fittest, and how she discovered the sport of fitness.


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2010 CROSSFIT GAMES
“The Women of the 2010 CrossFit Games”
February 27, 2011

This video is a tribute to the women of the 2010 CrossFit Games. CrossFit differs from most sports in that its women are on an equal footing with its men. The top female CrossFitter will win the same amount of money as the top male CrossFitter in 2011, $250,000. CrossFit women routinely beat men on workouts. 2010 CrossFit Games champion Kristan Clever has taken the top score on the mainsite WOD multiple times, even outperforming Austin Malleolo, who took 6th place at the 2010 Games.

Whereas gymnastics confines ring exercises to male athletes, CrossFit demands upper-body intensive movements such as ring muscle-ups, handstand push-ups, and rope climbs from its female athletes. This is the sport of fitness, and the real world does not vary its demands according to the sex of an individual. The result is a female athlete that is far more capable and confident than is the norm outside of CrossFit.


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THE HONOLULU STAR ADVERTISER
“A Passion Became a Business” by Cindy Luis
March 4, 2011

Elyse Umeda went from coaching in the gym to owning her own CrossFit gym.

A hobby became a passion. A dream became a business.

Elyse Umeda's leap of faith when changing careers — from coaching basketball to starting her own CrossFit affiliate gym — has been the right move. And, given the demand at her space on Puuhale Road, it's already proven to be a successful one.

The 2003 Punahou School graduate rolled up the door of her "box" Feb. 22. Before the end of the 12-hour day, the 26-year-old Umeda had run out of membership applications and waivers.

"The support I've had from friends and family has been unbelievable," said Umeda, who helped Punahou to a state basketball championship and Princeton to an Ivy League title during her four seasons with the Tigers. "But we won't get too big. We'll cap membership at 200 and we can take 15 to 20 per class."

"We never want to lose the personal touch."
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"MVP: World CrossFit's 4th Best"
June 2, 2011

Elyse Umeda started as a state champion basketball player at Punahou, then an IVY League champ at Princeton. Now 26-years-old, with a degree in Economics and Political Science, she's ranked fourth in the world in "Cross-Fit".

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