#667 – Christine Kolenbrander

Sevan Matossian (00:01):

Bam. We’re live five minutes early. I’ve been trying to do this come on a few minutes early every morning,

Caleb Beaver (00:11):

Like more,

Sevan Matossian (00:12):

I don’t know. Oh, cuz there’s stuff I wanna show before the OR stuff I wanna say that I kind of don’t wanna bother the guest with.

Caleb Beaver (00:20):


Sevan Matossian (00:22):

For example between now and December 23rd, if you sign up over at California hormones, use discount code seven. You will be entered into a contest to win a free L one. I pretty sure I will be drawing the winner on Christmas Eve. Morning. That’s December 24. Jamie. Good morning, Graham. Good morning, Graham. Good morning, Jamie. Good morning, Nora. Good morning. That’s my aunt’s name. Nora there’s two clips I wanted to show you before the show started today by the way. Thank you. Matt Suza. Matt Suza did load up all of the Zello shows that we’re planning to do. He loaded up five on Saturday, five on Sunday. You should go over there, subscribe to the show, click the bell link and then put all notifications. And then if you hate that shit after Zes is over, you can unsubscribe and do all that. But you should do it now.


If you wanna be notified during the weekend of all the times we go live with the zealous games. Kevin Smith. Good morning, Alex. Good morning, Brian. Good morning, Michael. Good morning, Johnny. Good morning, Mr. Tyler Watkins. He will be joining us on a few of the Zillows games broadcast. Good morning Magnus Homeroom. Keeping it straight as always. Good afternoon Caleb, and good morning. Sev on. Thank you. Wow. Very thoughtful Pablo knowing his audience. Right. Caleb? Pablo, Good afternoon from Europe. Look at that name. Pablo Arron Monte Guo. and the duck is in the house. Miss Mallard I wanna show you guys a two clips before Miss, Miss Christine Coleen Brander comes on if I can. Do you see them at the top? The first one is Okay, here we go. This first one is increased deaths. I’ve been following this account for a while. I asked this guy if he would come on the show. He said that he doesn’t see how he fits in with my audience, but he definitely does. He basically shows you where to invest based on where politicians are investing. And he seems like a very sophisticated computer programmer. If you don’t follow this account, you should quiver quantitative. Okay, action.

Speaker 3 (02:35):

Largest funeral home business in North America. Service Corp International reported that so far in 2022, the company has made almost 500 million in profits and it stock is up over 15% since the earnings report. Now here’s where it gets interesting. Listen to this clip of the CEO of Service Corp last week during the earnings call talking about the unexpected

Speaker 4 (02:53):

Business and you. So what we would’ve expected is why wouldn’t we go back towards, let’s say a 2019 level, Maybe you get a percent or so growth off 2019. I would expect that we’re telling you is the third quarter this year we did 15% more calls than we did in the third quarter of that is not what anybody would’ve anticipated.

Speaker 3 (03:16):

What the CEO is saying is that they had 15% more business than they did in the third quarter of 2019. Far more than he and anyone else anticipated. Interestingly, Congressman Lowenthal bought up to $75,000 in the month leading up to the earnings. And lastly, when we look at the other end of the spectrum, we can see that Lincoln National Major Insurance Company took an unexpected 2.1 billion loss in their life insurance division causing the stock to dive almost 40%. So the question is, what’s the cause behind this unexpected uptick in deaths that are catching analysts and companies by surprise? I’ll leave that up to you to decide the funeral home business.

Sevan Matossian (03:50):

So I’d like to tell you that when I was raised as a child there was tons of talk about how there was gonna be population explosion, and by the time 2000, 2030 came around the country would be completely the Oh wow. Seon. The Paper Street coffee link doesn’t work. Which one on YouTube. Okay, we will fix that. Thank you. So the talk was that we were gonna have population explosion and now we are for some reason in population decline in many places around the world and deaths are skyrocketing. Maybe is it the tsunami of chronic disease that’s around that Glassman warned us about for 20 years? But something is going on. Don’t take that guy’s word for it. Just look up anything you want. Just Google around funeral homes, deaths, all that, and you’ll see that something is happening. While Caleb is looking at that, I wanna show you one more clip I saw this morning. This reminded me of Christine Colin Brander because when I was researching her one of the questions I heard someone ask her is like, if you could be famous for anything, what would you wanna be famous for? And I saw this clip and I don’t know who this guy is, but he’s obviously some important, Oh, he’s the guy in the Baltimore Ravens. His name is Lamar Jackson.

Speaker 3 (05:19):

He’s a quarterback.

Sevan Matossian (05:20):

Okay. He’s the quarterback. And I saw this and I was like, wow, this is really cool. And I think this is why I think this is the best thing, a football player or any famous person, Am I doing this right? Okay, so this is Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens. You said he is a quarterback?

Speaker 3 (05:46):


Sevan Matossian (05:47):

Okay, here he is walking into a room. And the irony is, this is a boy who has some severe heart condition.

Speaker 3 (05:55):

What’s up?

Speaker 5 (05:56):

Somebody to see? You’s up, bro, How you doing? <laugh>? <laugh>. How you doing? How you doing <laugh>? How you doing? <laugh>, <laugh>, <laugh>. How you doing? You excited? What’s up how I’m doing? You <laugh> t. That’s easy. What’s up bro? <laugh> <laugh>. He had no clue. Had no clue. How you doing, bro? You good? Yeah, <laugh> cool. What? I like Jersey all. I

Sevan Matossian (06:38):

Mean, I can’t think of anything better to do with this fame than bring happiness and joy to children. And I saw that this morning. I was like, That is dope. What a good dude. Lamar Jackson is. And he seems like a great guy. I guess that kid really envys em. He’s got the Lamar Jackson jersey on. He’s got some sort of heart condition. Excuse me. And he took the time out of his day to visit that kid. Christine Young. Good morning Jethro. There’s a Jethro in the house. Good morning, Kevin. Wholesome. Yeah. I thought it is wholesome, right? It’s cool. It’s like, yeah that experience can’t be purchased. What Lamar just got right there, what he got, no one can buy that he earned that. Earned that right. To bring happiness into people’s lives by throwing a ball around.

Caleb Beaver (07:37):

I was appreciated. When people who are famous actually invest themselves in those make-a-wish foundation things or not to say, just show up and I’m here. Who wants a signature kinda thing when they actually show up and make an effort? It’s pretty cool.

Sevan Matossian (07:58):

Christine? Hi.

Christine Kolenbrander (07:59):


Sevan Matossian (08:00):

Good morning.

Christine Kolenbrander (08:01):

Good morning. Trying to get my laptop to work, but it keeps blocking the microphone and camera.

Sevan Matossian (08:07):

Are you on Chrome?

Christine Kolenbrander (08:11):

Nope. I’m on my friend’s laptop. Does it need to be on Chrome?

Sevan Matossian (08:15):

It can be on any laptop, but by the way, don’t stress, it’s our show. People are just happy to see you <laugh>. So no stress but it has to be the Chrome browser.

Christine Kolenbrander (08:26):


Sevan Matossian (08:27):

It can’t be like, is it a Mac?

Christine Kolenbrander (08:30):

It is not a Mac, but it’s not the Chrome browser. So let me get that really

Sevan Matossian (08:34):

Quick. I think it has to be the Chrome browser. That’s awesome. It’ll be better if you’re on a computer too.

Christine Kolenbrander (08:38):

Although, Yeah, then I won’t have to hold my phone out the whole time.

Sevan Matossian (08:41):

<laugh>. Oh yeah, that would suck. That would make your arm so sore and affect your performance at the Zillows games.

Christine Kolenbrander (08:47):

Yeah, for sure.

Sevan Matossian (08:48):

You cannot have that

Christine Kolenbrander (08:50):


Sevan Matossian (08:53):

You have a very cool name. Christine Colon Brander.

Christine Kolenbrander (08:56):

Thank you. I shortened it on my Instagram for a while and kind of with CrossFit because people kept messing it up.

Sevan Matossian (09:06):

Am I messing it up?

Christine Kolenbrander (09:07):

No, you got it right. It’s just how it is spelled colon brander.

Sevan Matossian (09:12):

And how would they mess it up? They try to say it all fancy. I

Christine Kolenbrander (09:15):

Think people just get overwhelmed that it’s a lot of letters and then they freak out. They’ll be like, Call <laugh>. Like, Oh my gosh. So over the announcement, if I was in the middle of an event at CrossFit, I could hear them just freaking out over my name and I’m like, okay.

Sevan Matossian (09:37):

What did you shorten it to?

Christine Kolenbrander (09:38):

Just Cole. Cole. But I feel like now they know my last name’s Cole Render, so now it’s like some people think my last name’s Cole and some people think it’s Cole.

Sevan Matossian (09:50):


Christine Kolenbrander (09:50):

Like, and then I’m married too, so some people think it’s Stevens.

Sevan Matossian (09:54):

I like how she’s angry and types her keyboard. Dad’s aggressive. No, she’s not angry. She’s just too strong. She’s like bam. Bam. From the flinstone, she just breaks everything she touches.

Christine Kolenbrander (10:03):

Okay. That is actually, I get made fun of all the time because I do everything so aggressively. But

Sevan Matossian (10:12):

Are you gonna change her last name to Stevens?

Christine Kolenbrander (10:16):

I don’t know. I kinda like having three different options.

Sevan Matossian (10:19):

Yeah, it’s cool.

Christine Kolenbrander (10:20):

And you can tell people that your last name. I could tell people that My last name is Stevens and the only time that it’s really gonna be an issue is a government document.

Sevan Matossian (10:32):


Christine Kolenbrander (10:35):

Your last name can be whatever you

Sevan Matossian (10:37):

Want. Yeah. I don’t think my wife goes by Hailey Matossian, but I think she went down to change her name and she brought the wrong document. She brought the kids birth certificate instead of her own or something. So I don’t think she ever changed it. I should ask her that.

Christine Kolenbrander (10:51):

I think there’s a lot of people in that boat. Okay. Okay. I d

Caleb Beaver (11:00):


Christine Kolenbrander (11:02):


Sevan Matossian (11:05):

Isel a boy or a girl

Christine Kolenbrander (11:08):

Is who?

Sevan Matossian (11:09):

Oh, sorry. I was talking to Caleb. I’m, I’m trying to fill the air while you just do your thing and do your thing. Don’t worry. Okay. No one one cares. Everyone’s cool on this show. It’s

Caleb Beaver (11:21):

A dude.

Sevan Matossian (11:22):

I thought it was a, sometimes I thought it was a dude also.

Caleb Beaver (11:27):

I guess Heidi’s pretty crushed so it could be a girl.

Sevan Matossian (11:31):

I’m starting to think Trish might be a girl and I always thought Trish was a guy.

Caleb Beaver (11:36):

What made you think that Trish was a girl?

Sevan Matossian (11:39):

That’s something Trish said about going through menopause. Oh, Trish says boy. All right. Fine. Fine. Okay, fine. Daniel Garrity. Sevan goes by Sevan Castro most of the time. Oh, you’re so clever this morning. You’re so, You’re so clever.

Caleb Beaver (12:01):


Caleb Beaver (12:02):

Clever. I apologize to my wife for taking my last name. She said she wanted to and I was like, Okay.

Sevan Matossian (12:08):

Yeah, as soon as we had kids, my wife wanted to take my last name too, but Mine’s not Beaver.

Caleb Beaver (12:16):

Yeah, <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (12:17):

Besides <laugh>,

Caleb Beaver (12:19):

She was old enough that she just didn’t really care if people were gonna make comments about it. But I grew up with it for ever.

Sevan Matossian (12:28):

How often would people make fun of your last name? Caleb?

Caleb Beaver (12:33):

At least every day.

Sevan Matossian (12:34):

Every day. So every 24 hour you on a 24-hour cycle?

Caleb Beaver (12:37):

Yeah, pretty much. Yeah. There’s always some sort of joke. Especially when we were teenagers in high school. Yeah. It was just, and everybody figured out what Beaver meant and they’re like, Oh good last beaver. And they’re like, Good one dude.

Sevan Matossian (12:50):

That’s like me when I started CrossFit

Christine Kolenbrander (12:54):

<laugh>. Okay. Do you guys have any tips? It’s like, it’s saying camera and microphone aloud, but then when I refresher it, it says entering studio and then it all of a sudden says your mic and camera is blocked.

Sevan Matossian (13:09):

Okay. Do you see? See there’s a gear down there at the bottom and it says Settings. Are you in the studio? It’s weird cause I don’t see you pop up in the studio.

Christine Kolenbrander (13:17):

It’s like this right

Sevan Matossian (13:18):

Now. Oh, okay. Oh, what does it do? You have to allow something in that right hand corner there. What’s that blue

Christine Kolenbrander (13:23):

Button? Yeah. So it says that’s joined without mic. It says you can go up to the camera and supposed to be able to click. Always allow. But it says camera microphone allowed

Sevan Matossian (13:36):

And that’s Chrome. Yep. And that’s, that’s a Mac.

Christine Kolenbrander (13:41):

I don’t think it’s a

Sevan Matossian (13:42):

Mac. Let me see the keyboard. Okay go ahead and just go in the studio and let’s see what happens. Okay. With it not allowed. Okay. And then I’ll see you pop up. Okay. Device not, give me one second.

Christine Kolenbrander (14:06):

Okay. Your browser is blocked. Here I can click.

Sevan Matossian (14:10):

Okay. It says device not connected. Must be some sort of security thing. You wanna just lean your phone on something?

Christine Kolenbrander (14:16):

Oh, I wonder. Hold

Sevan Matossian (14:17):

On. Okay. I’ve seen this happen before. I wish I could remember what the solution is.

Christine Kolenbrander (14:23):

Can you hear me right

Sevan Matossian (14:24):

Now? I can hear you great but on but not for I can. Oh, you’re coming on. Here we go. Okay,

Christine Kolenbrander (14:30):

Let me leave this.

Sevan Matossian (14:32):

Okay. Okay.

Christine Kolenbrander (14:33):

Can you hear me?

Sevan Matossian (14:34):

I can.

Christine Kolenbrander (14:35):

Okay, now I have to figure out the

Sevan Matossian (14:38):

Dang, look at you Jeff. I was actually thinking about you last night as I was tossing and turning in bed. I didn’t sleep so good last night cause I drank a cup. Cup of coffee on the seven o’clock show.

Caleb Beaver (14:50):

Ooh. Yeah. I couldn’t sleep last night either.

Sevan Matossian (14:53):

Because you heard B bombs dropping. You heard shelling?

Caleb Beaver (14:57):

No, I just couldn’t sleep here. Well,

Christine Kolenbrander (15:01):

Okay, it’s letting me do the audio but it won’t let me do the camera.

Sevan Matossian (15:06):

Do you see a gear down at the bottom and it says Settings.

Christine Kolenbrander (15:09):


Sevan Matossian (15:10):

It’s in between. Oh yeah. Click on that and it should open up a window. And then you should see camera.

Christine Kolenbrander (15:16):


Sevan Matossian (15:19):

I was just make was making fun of someone on yesterday’s show about how the first 15 minutes to an hour that they had you on the podcast was complete garbage. So I think I jinxed us. Oh

Christine Kolenbrander (15:29):


Sevan Matossian (15:30):

I think IED that. That’s my fault. No, no. It’s my fault. It’s my fault. I should keep my mouth shut.

Christine Kolenbrander (15:34):

Should, Okay, so I’m on the settings

Sevan Matossian (15:37):

And then you should see a button that says camera. Yep. And then you’ll see some dropdown menus and see if you can choose the camera for the computer.

Christine Kolenbrander (15:46):


Caleb Beaver (15:48):

It’d be kind of funny if your laptop didn’t have a camera.

Christine Kolenbrander (15:51):

It does. I can see it. Oh,

Caleb Beaver (15:53):

Okay. Okay.

Sevan Matossian (15:54):

Good question though. Important SU is not on the show today. He’s probably teaching a class. I hope you’re enjoying this. Clyde Dale, I hope you’re enjoying this.

Caleb Beaver (16:14):

I wonder if this’ll happen when he comes on.

Sevan Matossian (16:18):

I hope you’re enjoying this. He’s like this sucker

Caleb Beaver (16:23):

<laugh>. I wonder how much weight he’s lost.

Sevan Matossian (16:27):

I saw a picture on his Instagram the other day. It looks like he’s doing it. It’s crazy. I think he comes on Monday after ZOS games. Mr. Mr. Switzer. Is it Switzer or Schweitzer?

Caleb Beaver (16:39):

I don’t remember. Sure.

Sevan Matossian (16:40):

She doesn’t wanna hold the iPhone the whole time is what I think it is in her hand. But she could probably lean it against something. I suspect they’re Bernie Michigan down today after what happened last night. So maybe internet in Michigan is cut off. Oh, what happened last night in Michigan?

Caleb Beaver (16:55):

I’m guessing the Democrats won the house. Maybe

Sevan Matossian (16:58):

I’m I’ve never been.

Caleb Beaver (17:01):

Or vice versa. I thought John Federman won too. That was hilarious.

Sevan Matossian (17:14):

That’s crazy.

Caleb Beaver (17:17):

He couldn’t string two words together. I guess the alternative was Dr. Oz, which I also found to be bizarre. The fact that

Sevan Matossian (17:29):


Caleb Beaver (17:33):

How do we come to that

Sevan Matossian (17:40):

Bruce? The red wave was not even a wave.

Caleb Beaver (17:47):

Not even a drop in the bucket. I think the Democrats will still hold a majority of the seats or something. Probably like one or two seats.

Sevan Matossian (17:58):

Absolutely amazing. Yes, it is the Idiocracy. It is fucking nuts.

Caleb Beaver (18:06):

I love watching all the parallels from that movie to realize in the past couple of years,

Sevan Matossian (18:10):

When would you realize that it’s the institutions you should worry about? Not the individuals. This morning Health magazine put out an article saying that there is a direct link between Oh,

Christine Kolenbrander (18:22):

Oh. I’m just gonna get on my phone.

Sevan Matossian (18:24):

Okay. Sorry. It’s

Christine Kolenbrander (18:27):


Sevan Matossian (18:27):

You could just lean it on something. We hear you well too. Yeah.

Christine Kolenbrander (18:31):

Okay, perfect. Do this or up here? Yeah. Here. Yeah. There we go. Is that okay?

Sevan Matossian (18:39):

Yeah. Okay. Who’s your it gal? Who’s your

Christine Kolenbrander (18:43):

It? This is Mallory Lawson. She Hello? No, couldn’t say

Sevan Matossian (18:47):

Hi. Hi Mallory. What’s up girl? Hey, you

Christine Kolenbrander (18:49):

Competed on Cret for sevens games team in what, 2015? 15:00 AM not 16. No, I had a baby 16 and then she took my spot in 17 when I got hurt.

Sevan Matossian (19:01):

Congratulations mama. Regional <laugh>. Are you proud that Emma Lawson is keeping the flame alive?

Christine Kolenbrander (19:08):

Yeah, we’re not related but it’s pretty cool.

Sevan Matossian (19:10):

Probably. Very cool.

Christine Kolenbrander (19:11):

Okay, you <crosstalk>. Bye <laugh>. Bye.

Sevan Matossian (19:16):

Hey, good morning.

Christine Kolenbrander (19:17):

Good morning. Sorry about that.

Sevan Matossian (19:20):

Since you’re not on your computer, I won’t show you this but I’ll just tell you about it cuz it’s harder to see on the phone. But we started the show with a clip of the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens. His name’s Lamar Jackson. And it shows him walking into a room to surprise a kid who has some heart condition and give him a hug. And I saw that this morning and it reminded me of an answer you gave on a podcast where you said, if they asked you if you could be famous for any reason, what would it be? And a lot of people would say, actor, athlete, and you said, I would wanna be famous just because I’m a good person.

Christine Kolenbrander (19:51):

That’s a good answer.

Sevan Matossian (19:53):

It’s a great answer. I think it may have been Clydesdale, the Clydesdale podcast, but it It’s a great answer.

Christine Kolenbrander (20:00):

Yeah, that’s definitely what I would wanna be famous for.

Sevan Matossian (20:04):

Your Instagram screams that you want to be, be a good person.

Christine Kolenbrander (20:09):

Thank you. I hope it’s not just that I wanna be <laugh> like

Sevan Matossian (20:13):

Time will toe.

Christine Kolenbrander (20:14):

I am. But yeah

Sevan Matossian (20:18):

Johnny, she is a goddess. I think she’s just a regular human, but we shall not rule out anything save by grace, CrossFit athlete and Agram. Three four. I took my test yesterday, just so you know. I’d never even heard of that. I was a three and an eight.

Christine Kolenbrander (20:37):

I think you’re an eight. Jared’s an eight.

Sevan Matossian (20:39):

Yeah, I was a three and an eight. So I learned a little bit about that. I took the seven page test. They keep asking you the same questions over and over. Just changing the wording I guess to make sure that you’re answering them consistently.

Christine Kolenbrander (20:54):

There’s a bunch of different tests too. Some are better than others. I can send you some

Sevan Matossian (20:59):

Level 10 gymnast.

Christine Kolenbrander (21:01):

Yeah, how’d you find that out?

Sevan Matossian (21:04):

Probably your Instagram or Paul podcast or something. That’s nuts.

Christine Kolenbrander (21:09):

Yeah, that was, How many levels are there? Big part of my life. 10. So it’s like level 10 is the top of the normal gymnastics that you can do anything above that is considered elite. And at that point you’re homeschooled training for the Olympics, that type of thing.

Sevan Matossian (21:27):

So do you go back down to level one? Is it like a whole new No, no. Just you’re an elite gymnast. Yeah. There’s some clips Caleb, some links. Can we look at those? How old were you when you started gymnastics?

Christine Kolenbrander (21:39):

I was five.

Sevan Matossian (21:41):

And your parents just put you in it or how does that work?

Christine Kolenbrander (21:44):

They put me in dance class and it was like at this mall and you had to walk past, Oh yeah, you had to walk past a gymnastics facility to get to the dance class. And I just remember every day being like, Mom, I wanna go do that. And so eventually she took me and I really liked it.

Sevan Matossian (22:03):

And what kind of dance was it?

Christine Kolenbrander (22:06):

Like little kid dance, like ballet and tap and just a little bit of everything.

Sevan Matossian (22:14):

So at five year old you start gymnastics. Tell me about that. You start with just one class a week and eventually it consumes your life and you’re to be level 10, you’re doing it five days a week.

Christine Kolenbrander (22:23):

So at first and you start, everyone’s just in recreational gymnastics one time a week. And I don’t really know how it works. I would assume the coaches just kind of, if you’re talented, they go talk to your parents and eventually ask, Hey, do you wanna compete? And that was something I was interested in. So then I think it was after a year or two of just doing it for fun they moved me up to competitive. These videos are hilarious because that actually was not in the heat of me doing gymnastics. I went back into gymnastics when I was 24 I think just because I missed competing. So these videos are not me in the prime of my gymnastics. This is me as an adult doing gymnastics <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (23:17):

So when you go back, do they have an adult league? Like an adult rec league? No.

Christine Kolenbrander (23:22):

No. I was just crazy. So I quit gymnastics when I was 15. I had a really bad injury, had to get knee surgery. My coach moved to California. It’s fun to watch news and I wound up quitting. I did track in high school and then after high school, just really struggled with, I wanted to compete again. I wanted to be an athlete, but I didn’t know what I loved what I wanted to do. And I just had this, I can’t really explain it, but just something inside me that I was supposed to do gymnastics again. I don’t know. So I went and talked to my old coach and just explained my heart about it and she was like, Yeah, let’s do it. No hesitation. And I didn’t really know the full purpose behind it. <laugh> cute. But I went and did it for a year and I trained four hours a day.


Wow. Five days a week. I was so weak when I first started would try to do a handstand on the bar and my shoulders would literally give out. But we just kept working every day and built a really good base and core. And I wound up getting back all of the skills that I’d had when I quit. They weren’t as pretty as back then cuz I was bigger. But after that it just got to a point where the door was definitely closing. I hurt myself and I was just kind of like, what am I doing? Why am I doing gymnastics? I’m an adult. This is strange. It was just clear that that door was closing. And then I found CrossFit shortly after that. And I think doing that year of gymnastics skyrocketed me forward.

Sevan Matossian (25:23):

No doubt. You mean you in CrossFit? With CrossFit?

Christine Kolenbrander (25:26):

Yes. Even just getting body awareness back. And I feel like gymnastic strength is so much strict movement and just building your tendons and everything back up. And I did that for four hours a day for a full year before starting CrossFit. So

Sevan Matossian (25:48):

That, that’s music to Greg’s ear. One of the things, and this is my perspective, but one of the things that I gleaned off of Greg whenever we would go to the CrossFit games is because he had a gymnastics background, he was never fully impressed by the CrossFit games athletes. I would hear him almost whisper under his breath or I probably heard him gymnasts are way more way stronger than this. Yeah, no, he had a dedication and a loyalty to that gymnastics pedigree that he came from.

Christine Kolenbrander (26:19):

I get asked a lot, is CrossFits scary? And I’m not anywhere close to gymnastics

Sevan Matossian (26:26):

<laugh> compared to the balance beam

Christine Kolenbrander (26:28):

Or the bars. It’s like if you make one degree of mistake, you could kill yourself. I mean even with a snatch, it’s like you can have a little bit of an error and still you’re not gonna kill yourself. You might miss the lift, but you’re

Sevan Matossian (26:44):

Okay. Tell me about your injury, your knee injury.

Christine Kolenbrander (26:47):

It was pretty crazy. So I was warming out to compete at the first meet of the season. I was in ninth grade and vault was my favorite.

Sevan Matossian (27:04):

What is that? Is that 14?

Christine Kolenbrander (27:06):

I think so, yeah. Okay. 14. We were warming up vaults and that was my favorite. Super confident on the vault. And in one of my warmup vaults I landed just completely straight legged on

Sevan Matossian (27:21):

Accident. Sorry. The vault is, it’s that spring thing. You run at it and you jump on the tip of it and then it shoots you into the air.

Christine Kolenbrander (27:27):

Okay. Yeah. You run full force.

Sevan Matossian (27:29):

What crazy contraption? Yeah. For fucking crazy contraption. Yeah. It’s like something that you’d see in a cartoon

Christine Kolenbrander (27:36):

<affirmative>. But I liked it cause it was just like, go as hard as you can one time and you’re done. So I’m warming up for that. I land completely straight-legged on accident and my legs, so I went backwards.

Sevan Matossian (27:53):

Meaning the knee bent the wrong way.

Christine Kolenbrander (27:55):

Yeah, it went the wrong way. So I try to stand up my knees buckle underneath me because I think the tendons are super loose at that point. Long story short, I went in to get an x-ray on or an MRI on my knee that cuz one of ’em was worse than the other. And they were like, Let’s just take imaging of both of them just to compare the good one to the bad one. And we were like, okay. And they came back with imaging and they were like, Hey, your knee that you hurt is gonna be fine. It just needs rest your good knee. We found something called avascular necrosis. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of that,

Sevan Matossian (28:46):

But it’s not getting blood and something’s dying.

Christine Kolenbrander (28:50):

So it was a quarter size just dead in my knee bone. And they were like, you need surgery Pretty much immediately they were like, if you don’t get surgery, it’s just gonna keep spreading and eventually you’ll need a knee replacement. And I was like, what? That knee didn’t hurt at all, had no signs or symptoms. So if I wouldn’t have hurt the other knee, they wouldn’t have found it and it would’ve kept spreading and my knee could’ve wound up useless. So got the surgery, but it was like six weeks on crutches, couldn’t run or jump for six months.

Sevan Matossian (29:28):

Can I ask you a question here real quick? When you say they fixed it, do they bring a blood vessel to it to feed it?

Christine Kolenbrander (29:34):

No. They drilled two holes into the knee bone or the patella and the hope is just that blood will go into those holes and start revitalizing it.

Caleb Beaver (29:47):

Wow. Stimulate some sort of healing

Christine Kolenbrander (29:50):

Factor. And they are like, it might work. It might not work, but it did work.

Sevan Matossian (29:56):

Yeah. And how do you know it works? Six months later they do.

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