In the 608: Local teen competes in the CrossFit Games

MADISON, Wis. – The 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games are now over, but a Wisconsin teen who competed for the first time this year is already looking ahead to the next games.

15-year-old Ryleigh Wilke of Portage put her skills to the test against other teens at the Alliant Energy Center.

“I kind of just started it just as a hobby,” Wilke said. “It’s very cool to like finally meet other people my age who are interested in the same sport as me. I’ve always been an active person. I always love competition. I’ve always been such a competitive person and being able to put that into something and just be driven and constantly wanting to be better.” 12 secs))

She’s only been working out for a couple of years after being inspired by her mom, Brianne Rice, who also does CrossFit.

“I could tell from day one she was going to be great,” Rice said. “I had no doubt she would be here. She puts her whole heart into it and pushes and here we are.”

CrossFit officials tell News 3 Now Wilke was one of two Wisconsin athletes in this year’s games. That’s just one of more than 600 folks who participated from around the world.

“You put everything you have into it and it will take you places,” Ryleigh added. “Hard work pays off.”

Being able to compete with the fittest on earth so close to home brings extra special meaning.

“Being able to look into the stands and see them and know that they’re here supporting me and what I love to do, it means a lot to me,” Wilke concluded.