CrossFit Athlete's Paralyzing Injury Renews Concerns

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"It's the world we live in. They make stuff ridiculously expensive, and CrossFit gyms are not cash cows," Hathcock said. "It's hard to make that seem like a viable expense when you have so much other stuff to take care of, and being as healthy as we are, this is what brings us to the hospital. We don't go in when we have the flu or cold or anything."

Ogar has completed two surgeries, had screws and rods implanted in his back, and will be moved to a rehabilitation facility in Colorado. His spirits have been high and he has adopted an attitude of seeing his injury as fitting into God's plan, Hathcock said, adding that Ogar's friends and family remain hopeful that he will walk again.

Hathcock pointed out that Ogar's goal was to make it to the CrossFit Games, a nationwide competition for top CrossFit athletes broadcast on ESPN each year.

"There's the ability to make an income," he said. "Are we NFL players? No, but you are able to make money from the sport and Kevin was at that level. It seems like a greater loss because a lot of his livelihood was dependent on the use of his legs."

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