Photo credit: Jayson Hopper
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Just over a week ago, CrossFit Games rookie Jayson Hopper announced he had joined the NIKE team like their newest athlete. When a box of NIKE Metcon Mat Fraser editions showed up at his house, it was accompanied by a handwritten note from the five-time champion himself.
- Hopper finished 19th in his rookie season, making it to the top 20.
What he said : “Welcome to the Nike team! I am grateful that our paths have crossed and delighted to see what you are doing during your rookie year. You have all the tools to have a great future in CrossFit, it’s up to you to do something with it. The people in your life are there no matter what [the] result, so make sure you go there and make yourself proud. Above all, hard work pays off! ”
- “I talked to him a bunch in the past two months. [I] was thrilled he was tackling his rookie year and seeing what the future holds, ”Fraser told us.
The big picture: After his retirement, Fraser moved on to an older statesman role with promising athletes. He spent time off season working with Justin Medeiros, and now he’s giving Hopper advice.
- it is not rare for legends of other sports, especially basketball, to train with new recruits on the team, or just anyone who asks.
- Kobe bryant was well known for training even with non-Laker athletes who just called in and wanted to choose his brain.