A SHOCKING accident during a CrossFit competition has left a former coach unable to move from the waist down.
Coach Kevin Ogar was performing a powerlift in a California competition on the weekend when his spine was severed, CBS4 reports.
CrossFit has escalated in popularity in recent years and has inspired an enthusiastic community. That group have rallied around Ogar to raise money for his surgeries and rehabilitation. The funds raised are jumping by thousands every few hours.
“It was just kind of a freak accident,” says Christian Lucero, who was in competition with Ogar.
“In less than 48 hours they’ve raised over $100,000 for him,” CrossFit Unbroken owner Matt Hathcock said.
Hathcock said CrossFitters are known for their sense of community and support. Ogar is particularly well-liked.
“He just has such a bright light that shines from him that everybody knows who Kevin is. Plus he’s this giant red-headed guy,” Harmony said. “It’s just such a life-changing thing to happen … it really touched me to the core.”
Felled … Kevin Ogar was performing a powerlift in a California competition on the weekend when his spine was severed. Picture: kevinogar.com
“A lot of us believe he’s going to walk again,” Hathcock said. “I just want him to come home.”
Ogar has already undergone two surgeries in California. He does not have health insurance.
Champion … Kevin Ogar (rear) in competition. Picture: Facebook
Bright light … ‘He’s this giant red-headed guy’. Picture: Facebook
Hanging out … Kevin Ogar has already undergone two surgeries in California for a severed spine. Picture: Facebook