The 2014 OC Throwdown wrapped up over the weekend, but unfortunately one of the talking points of the event has been the serious injury suffered by Kevin Ogar.
Ogar suffered a significant spinal cord injury during a snatch event on the final day of competition. He was immediately taken to hospital where is currently being treated for.
According to his friends at Barbell for Boobs, Ogar suffered a separated T11/12 and has severed his spinal cord. At this stage it’s being reported he has no voluntary movement below his waist.
Here’s what Barbell for Boobs posted on Facebook shortly after the accident:
“We may be at the OC Throwdown right now, but our heads and hearts are with friend of BFB Kevin Ogar at the hospital. He took a spill in the snatch session today and is in rough shape. Think, pray, hope and wish for a quick recovery for our friend Kevin.”
A number of CrossFit Games competitors have also posted messages of support on social media, including Elisabeth Akinwale and Talayna Fortunato.
Unfortunately, like many athletes across the world, Ogar is uninsured. To help offset his medical bills, a fundraising page has now been set up. At the time this article was published, more than $60,000 had been raised with more than 900 people donating.
If you want to show your support, you can find the Fundly page by clicking here.
To keep up to date on Kevin Ogar’s condition, you can follow Barbell for Boobs Facebook page which can be found here.
We at The Rx Review wish Kevin Ogar all the best in his recovery, and our thoughts are with him and his family.
UPDATE (January 15, 2014): The Official Fundraising website for Kevin Ogar is now up. You can click here to donate to help his path to recovery.