Ingrid Kantola
Athlete Journal - CrossFit Athlete
United States, Texas, Austin
Track and Field

Ingrid Kantola studied Sociology at UCLA and was an All-American pole vaulter. After graduating in 2008, she made her way through local 5k’s, and old strength training routines until she found CrossFit in 2009.


Ingrid’s first CrossFit competition was the Southern California Regional in 2009, and after training on her own at UCLA she finished in 9th Place. She joined CrossFit Los Angeles shortly after the Regional and went on to sweep the events of the 2010 SoCal Sectional before a bacterial heart infection and subsequent open heart surgery sidelined her for the summer season. Ingrid recovered quickly and moved from the City of Angels to Hell’s Half Acre to continue her journey as a University of Texas Graduate Student in Sport Management.


Ingrid began interning at CrossFit Central in Austin, Texas and trained at the RedBlack Gym under Coach Michael Winchester until she was ready to join the elite training group of coaches at CrossFit Central. In 2011, she qualified for the South Central Regional and took 6th place behind 5 previous Games competitors. She has continued training at CrossFit Central with an increased focus on strength and metabolic conditioning.


For the 2012 season, Ingrid hopes to qualify as an individual athlete and take her first trip to the Home Depot as a CrossFit competitor.


As an intern at CrossFit Central her job responsibilities have been in event planning for challenges and competitions. She graduates in May and will assume a new role as the Director of Events and CrossFit Sport for Trinity Training Systems.


Also likes: yoga, riding her scooter, watching Ironman Kona on TV, attending live music shows in Austin, hot weather, Pac-12 athletics, walks near water

Dislikes: untying her lifting shoes



- 5’7” 140lbs

- Age 26

- From Sacramento, CA

- BA in Sociology from UCLA ‘08

- Currently pursuing an MEd. in Sport Management - Planned Graduation May 2012

- Former All-American Pole Vaulter and NCAA D1 Team Captain

- CrossFit Level 1 Certified

- Sponsored by Stronger, Faster, Healthier



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