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CrossFit® / August 2017
Maureen Quirk, Global Newsroom

Teen Has Best Answer to ‘What Did You Do Over The School Holidays?’

Most teenagers spend their school break catching up on work or at a casual job. But 18-year-old Angelo DiCicco’s summer was a bit different. DiCicco won the teen division at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games.

2017 marked DiCicco’s third consecutive trip to the Games, third consecutive podium finish, and second win.

“I almost never win in training,” laughs DiCicco upon hearing those stats.

I almost never win in training.

His response is not one of sarcasm or humility; it’s just the truth. 

DiCicco trains at Cookeville, Tenn.’s CrossFit Mayhem, home of four-time Fittest Man on Earth Rich Froning and two-time Affiliate Cup Champion CrossFit Mayhem Freedom.

“Wins are hard to come by with those guys,” DiCicco continues. “Winning something is kind of fun every now and then,” he adds, reflecting on his Games victory.  

So, How Does a Teen Find CrossFit?

You’re doing the math correctly. Three trips to the Games by the age of 18 means DiCicco started CrossFit young … like, really young. He did his first CrossFit workout when he was 13.

So what led this teenager to enter a CrossFit box in the first place, especially at an age where baseball, soccer and football are the traditional priorities? Well Froning actually came to him.

“Rich [Froning] lives where I live so he introduced me. He came to my middle school and basically ran us through a little workout.

“I liked it so then I asked if I could start at the gym,” continues DiCicco, noting that he hardly considered the fact it may have seemed like a young age to begin.

“CrossFit keeps you healthy and gives you something good to do in your off time. There are several things high school kids can be doing in their down time and this is one of the better things,” he says.

CrossFit keeps you healthy and gives you something good to do in your off time. There are several things high school kids can be doing in their down time and this is one of the better things.

While DiCicco admits he’s “a little luckier than most” to have CrossFit’s ‘GOAT’ in his backyard, he thinks it’s just as simple for teens across the globe to get started in the sport.

“Just look up gyms around you. There are so many. Then visit them and see how they run because different gyms fit to different people. Go to a couple different ones and see which one you like because you want it to be fun,” he explains.

As for himself, while his early success in the sport has allowed him to travel to and drop in at many boxes the last few years, Mayhem has always continued to remain that fun “right fit.”

"They keep it fun,” he says. “I definitely feel a lot better with the team being back there and telling jokes and stuff. It’ll be just like back at home."

I definitely feel a lot better with the team being back there and telling jokes and stuff. It’ll be just like back at home.

“They’re so experienced that it kind of rubs off on you. Just being around them you learn stuff for sure.”

In It for the Long Haul

While the 2017 Games will be memorable for DiCicco because they ended in a win, he points out they’re equally as memorable because they were his final year competing in the teen division. 

DiCicco now progresses to the individual division where he will be competing with the ‘big dogs’—which yes, is the same division his Mayhem training partners fall within.

“New goals,” says DiCicco when asked about this change.

One would expect a young athlete as dominant as DiCicco to be nervous or frustrated about the idea of this increased competition, but his tone is steady and unwavering, more ambitious than nervous.

“I have a few different goals,” he continues before growing honest about how he is still determining that immediate next step.

“Maybe a second team for Mayhem. Maybe individual. I don’t know yet. Next year is going to be fun,” he says.

Maybe a second team for Mayhem. Maybe individual. I don’t know yet. Next year is going to be fun.

One thing DiCicco does know for certain: His long-term goal is to make it back to the Games as an individual. And when he gets there, his experience as a teen competitor can only prove advantageous.

“I’ve been competing for a while, so I know what to expect from myself. The focus stays toward whatever weaknesses I have. I’ll look at the [Games] leaderboard and how I did on certain events and then decide where I could do better. If there are weaknesses I have, I want to work on them.”

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The Nano 7 Weave 38501 Pack takes its name from the Cookeville, Tenn., postal code where CrossFit Mayhem resides and DiCicco trains. The shoe can be purchased on Reebok.co.nz

CrossFit® / August 2017
Maureen Quirk, Global Newsroom