The list of Games athletes just continues to grow as the final athletes coming to the ECC are announced.  Gretchen Kittleberger is very comfortable on the competition floor.  She spent her childhood in gymnastics, competing on a national level during high school, which ultimately led to a four-year gymnastics scholarship to the University of Maryland.  Once she retired from that sport, she was still looking for an athletic outlet, to which she was introduced to CrossFit.  And the rest, is history.  She fell short her first year at Regionals (2010), but pushed harder and has been in the Games every year since.  In 2011 Gretchen finished as the 12th fittest woman.  But she didn’t stop there, she continued her training to make return trips each year, taking first place in her region in 2014.

gretchenkittleberger

So what was Gretchen’s reaction to receiving her Golden Ticket in the mail a few months ago?

” I was very excited to receive my Golden Ticket in the mail. I couldn’t make it to the ECC last year, but everyone had said how awesome it was, so I am really looking forward to being able to go this year. I think the first thing I did when I got my Golden Ticket was post it on Instagram, and then I ate the chocolate after that!”

It is just a couple short weeks away, what is Gretchen most looking forward to?

“I’m really excited about getting to see and catch up with all the athletes that are going to be there that I’m friends with, but who I don’t get to see very often. A lot of the other Games athletes you only get to see at the CrossFit Games since we live so far apart, but this will be a great chance to see and catch up with everyone!”

What workouts or movements is Gretchen hoping she gets to see from Ben?

“I really dislike wall balls, and also any sort of long distance running, so I hope Ben doesn’t program that. I like handstand walks and all sorts of gymnastics movements, so I’m hoping to see a lot of that type of stuff!”

If there was distance running outside, it would likely be through snow!  😉

See you in a couple weeks Gretchen!