The Southern California Region has just got a little easier for all female athletes in 2013, with news dual CrossFit Games competitor Katie Hogan will not be competing in the division this year.
Hogan, who finished 6th in the SoCal Regionals in 2012 has now re-located back to San Jose, meaning she will be competing in the Northern California division this year.
The CrossFit Games rules state that wherever an athlete is living in January, determines what region they will be competing in during that year.
The move means Hogan is now no longer training with Valley CrossFit in LA, which has produced some of the best female CrossFitter’s in Kristan Clever, Rebecca Voigt and Lindsey Valenzuela. She is now working out at CrossFit CSA and Lifeworx CrossFit in the Bay Area.
With so many big names hailing out of Southern California, the SoCal Region is widely regarded as the toughest division for females. However, the Northern California Region isn’t that much easier.
NorCal still boasts names like Jenny LaBaw, Miranda Oldroyd, Annie Sakamoto, Candace Hester and Sarah Hopping, meaning Hogan’s quest for a third appearance at the CrossFit Games will still be extremely tough.
However, Hogan is preparing a little different this time around, focusing more on herself than she has in previous years.
“I realized that one of the reasons I didn’t make (the 2012 Games) was because I only made time to train a fraction of the year,” she says.
“My time in the gym was spent training other people and I rarely had the energy or motivation to work out myself.”
With a new residence, and a new Region to compete out of, let’s hope Katie Hogan returns to the Home Depot center even fitter and stronger in 2013!