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No Pain, No Fear, No Mercy: A WOD Dedicated to Cpl. Nicholas S. Ott

THIS WOD IS DONE IN MEMORY OF CORPORAL NICHOLAS S. OTT, WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN AFGHANISTAN ON AUGUST 10, 2011.

Nicholas was born and raised in Manchester, NJ. He is survived by his mother Debbie, father Steve, and younger sister Julia. After a successful high school football career, Nicholas received several scholarship offers to Division III schools. He turned them down to enlist in the USMC. In the Marine Corp, he served as Fleet Anti-Terrorist Security Team team-leader with 1st FAST Company 3rd Platoon. With that unit, he was deployed to Cuba for border protection, as well as Spain for a reactionary force in a region referred to as Cent-Com (Europe and Africa). In 2009, he was re-stationed to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii with 1st Battalion 3rd Marine Division Charlie Company, where he served as a squad leader until his final day. He was a black belt martial art instructor in MCMAP (Marine Corp Martial Arts Program), and completed multiple vigorous military schools. The man himself was a natural leader who knew his Marines came first. He led by example and with a firm hand.

We included burpees in this WOD because Nicholas hated them, but loved to embrace whatever challenged him. Cardio wasn’t his thing, but he turned it on when he needed to. He was strong as an ox, and was well known for never giving up. Robert Collins, CrossFit Off the Grid member and friend of Cpl. Ott, shared a personal story about Nick with us: “When ground fighting I had [Nicholas] locked in with a triangle choke… he just stood straight up till his face was purple and passed out and took me down with his oxygen deprived body. During down time you could find him and his squad doing competitive events, some of the time with gas masks on. The guy was a brother of mine and one of the baddest dudes I’ve ever met.”

WHERE: CROSSFIT OFF THE GRID

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016

This will be the workout of the day, so all classes will participate.

NO PAIN NO FEAR NO MERCY

5 Rounds for time:

3 hang squat cleans 155#/105#

10 Burpees

400m Run

We can scale this workout so that anyone can participate and still receive a great workout and have a great time honoring a fallen hero.

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