#673 – Shawn Ramirez

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

Uh, good morning. Bam. We’re live. Jeff Birchfield Spiegel, geez, Louise Jethro Cardona. We are starting five minutes and seven seconds early. The guest today will be Sean Ramirez. Pretty excited to have ’em on five times, CrossFit Games athlete. We get all the juicy details of how he did at the CrossFit games. I, I did a bunch of research on, on Sean over the last couple days. Not, um, not a lot to dig out on him in the last, uh, couple years. He’s been pretty silent. He showed up at what I believe is called the Master’s Fitness Collective. He showed up there with, uh, a bunch of other people. Uh, Ron Ortiz was there. Those were two names. Um, when I used to film him behind the scenes, I would see those guys. Uh, they were, uh, natural superstars. Everywhere they went, people stared at them. Uh, they had big smiles on their face.


I didn’t spend a lot of time with them in passing. It was always a handshake or a hug, always gentleman of the highest order. And when I heard he was back in the scene, um, I was excited to have him on the show. Uh, I do believe that, um, Sean tested positive for something in his final year. I think that was also going to be his final year. I think he was thinking about, uh, retiring. It was one of those situations where he had his supplements tested and his supplements also, uh, tested positive. Something that was like, you know, wasn’t supposed to have Austrian in it or, or whatever. That GW 1 516 thing that, uh, Mr. Our Mr. Hiller has educated us about. And, uh, it was like one, one 20th of a thousandth of a whatever. And, uh, so that’ll be interesting to hear that story.


Uh, but there’s, there’s much more to him than that, obviously, but it is one of those stories. And after that, he kind of dropped from the scene. So I’m actually pretty stoked that he’s back. It’s very charming, uh, charismatic, uh, character. Lisa Sevan. Do you do the raw vegetables diet after the podcast with I do a lot. Not completely. So last night I did eat, uh, last night I chopped up a shit ton of broccoli and put it in a pound of, uh, ground beef. And, uh, ate, ate that. That was the first time I made myself meat in probably two weeks. I’ve had some meat. Um, but, but I’ve, I’ve really, really, really, really cut back on it. Basically what I told myself is that I would, any meat that was put in front of me, I would eat and I would absolutely stop eating processed meat.


And I’ve done that, like no processed meat. I don’t eat any deli meat of any sorts, any anymore. There’s a guy named the wad father who’s told me for years I shouldn’t be messing with anything processed. And, uh, I feel great. I, I’ve, I’ve, I’ve been eating like a banana every day in an apple every day, or, you know, um, or a persimmon or just whatever I’ve been eating. I started, started eating fruit. I love vegetables. I’ve always loved vegetables. Uh, but I’ve been eating, uh, quite a bit of, uh, steam broccoli. Yeah, I, yeah, you, you got it. You understand? Yes. I ate a ton of uncooked broccoli too. Yes. And, uh, you know, when you open broccoli. Yeah. Well, you guys know, if you don’t understand this comment, that can be for another show. I wanna tell you a story. Last night, I was putting my three, uh, playing brothers to bed.


Uh, it was early. We had a crazy day yesterday. Every day’s a crazy day with those guys. They work so dang hard. Um, it’s, uh, lots of tennis, skateboarding, uh, piano, lots of, uh, CrossFit training in the garage. Lots of jiujitsu. Um, they, the boys just had a jiujitsu tournament this weekend. Anyway, I had them in bed. We’re all laying there. We’re cuddled up. It’s cold. And so we’re all cuddled up. And, uh, Avi, my oldest son, ask me if it hurts if a girl gets kicked in the vagina. And I, um, told him I didn’t know cause I didn’t have one, but that I assumed it did hurt. And that I had heard, uh, from others, uh, from watching, uh, the ufc, that it does actually hurt to get kicked in the vagina. He then proceeded to say, well, why would it hurt? I think it was him who asked the next question, why would it hurt if they don’t have balls?


And I said, cuz they have other stuff. The point of me telling you this story is because I want to show you, uh, how I respond to my kids. And the fact that I don’t tell them too much more beyond what they ask. I’m not, and the reason for that is not because I don’t want them to know, but because I don’t want to give them any ideas beyond what they want to know and beyond what is healthy for them deemed by what, what I think is healthy. They went on to ask, why don’t women have balls? And I said, uh, because they make eggs and we make seeds. And then they said, where do they make? And, and now they’re, they’re all chiming in. They said, where do they make the eggs? And I said, they have these things called ovaries. I think of ’em as balls, but they’re inside of ’em, and those are their egg making factories.


And they said, oh. And I said, yeah. And they said, and boys make seeds. And I said, yeah. And they said, where do we make seeds? And I said, in the balls. The balls make seeds. And it’s quiet for a second. And my youngest son said, so you have to plant the seed. The, the woman has to get the seed and then, and then, and then it goes to the egg somehow. And you, uh, and the baby starts growing. I said, absolutely. I said, the egg comes out of the ovary and hangs out in a spot called the uterus. I don’t even know if what I’m saying is true. Hangs out in the uterus somewhere. I said, it goes down to tube. It goes into the uterus, and then it waits for the seed. And then the seed goes in there. And when the two meet, the baby starts to grow. They’re like, wow. My youngest son, Ari said, how do you get the seed in there? You put it in their mouth. I said, no, you don’t put the seed in their mouth. My oldest son, Avi, starts to laugh. I said, oh. Oh, where, how do you think the seed gets in there? He said, it goes in the vagina.


My son Joseph said, oh my goodness, does that hurt? I said, what part? He goes, when the seed comes outta you? I said, no, I go, millions of seeds come out of you. He’s like, wow. He goes, I don’t wanna do that. My other two sons start laughing. One of my sons tells my other son Joseph, who said he doesn’t wanna do that. He goes, you don’t have a choice, you have to. Then my son Joseph, goes, does it hurt? Does it hurt when you make millions of seeds? Do you pee them out? I said, no, you don’t pee the seeds out. He said, but they come outta your penis. I said, yeah. I go there. It’s, it’s another, it’s another, uh, it’s something else besides pee. He’s like, oh, I really don’t want to do that. Does that hurt? And I go, no. He goes, what’s it feel like? I said, it feels like eating ice cream. And then they go, okay, we’ll do it. I said, all right. They go, is it just one seed? I go, no, it’s millions of seeds. They’re completely perplexed. They go, how do you know when you’re supposed to plant the seeds? I said, when you’re old and you’re in love. He goes, they go the way you love mama. I said, yeah, the way I love mama. They said, all right. And we went to bed. The end, Mr. Ramirez

Shawn Ramirez (07:42):

Said on, Hey, what’s up bud?

Sevan Matossian (07:44):

Also with three boys,

Shawn Ramirez (07:46):

<laugh>. Yeah. Almost an empty nest, but not quite there yet.

Sevan Matossian (07:50):

How old are your boys?

Shawn Ramirez (07:51):

One’s a sophomore in college at fsu. I have one that’s a junior here in, in high school and another one in eighth grade. So I got a few more years.

Sevan Matossian (08:02):

Oh my goodness. Are you loving it? Did you love it?

Shawn Ramirez (08:04):

Yes. That’s the best job in the world, man. That’s, I I can’t tell you how, uh, how amazing it’s been. And, and, uh, yeah, man, it, everyone in college is, is cool. Cuz when he comes back down, it’s, you know, you, you start reliving those days and you’re like, man, I remember those days. And it’s just, it’s nostalgic, but it’s also scary. <laugh>. But it’s,

Sevan Matossian (08:25):

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So, yeah. Uh, I, I wanna introduce you to a guy who’s on the back end here. This is Caleb Beaver. Uh, he’s on the back end. So any pictures that come up or anything? Uh, Caleb is, uh, serving in the, uh, US military. He’s overseas in an undisclosed location, but any pictures you see from this cat,

Shawn Ramirez (08:44):

I’m nice to meet you. Bra buddy. Awesome. Texas. My dad was a ranger. I know all about it then. Yes, sir.

Sevan Matossian (08:52):

Uh, your dad was a ranger.

Shawn Ramirez (08:53):

He was. Wow. Yeah, I was born in Texas. He was out there based in kale. Just shortly thereafter. Uh, Elvis left. That’s, that’s his claim to fame. He was, uh, he was, he was lined up with Elvis, um, Vietnam. He served. And so yeah, it’s, uh, it’s, it’s part of the life. That’s why this weekend meant a lot.

Sevan Matossian (09:14):

Uh, when you say he was lined up with, uh, um,

Shawn Ramirez (09:16):

No, he says that that’s my

Sevan Matossian (09:18):

Dad. Okay. I was gonna say he’s too young for

Shawn Ramirez (09:20):

That. No, man. That’s, that’s, that’s <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (09:22):


Shawn Ramirez (09:23):

My dad being the storyteller.

Sevan Matossian (09:24):

He is. That’s Ramirez folklore.

Shawn Ramirez (09:26):

Yeah, man. Good times.

Sevan Matossian (09:28):

Um, where are you now? Are you, are you working outta high school?

Shawn Ramirez (09:31):

Yeah, I’m the athletic director here at a high school in Miami.

Sevan Matossian (09:35):

And how long have you been doing that?

Shawn Ramirez (09:37):

This is my seventh year. We’ve, uh, it’s our eighth years of school. Um, we opened up in 2015 and haven’t looked back since. We’re up to six schools now and starting to spread across the, the, the, the area code and, and state eventually. But it’s a great opportunity. Um, my my brother-in-law actually founded the school and it was just a small little pipe dream where he wanted to make a change in education. And, um, here we are seven years later and it’s, uh, 3,100 kids on a waiting list. Um, you have a bunch of dignitaries here that, that come to the school. Like movers are shakers in Miami. So it’s a, it’s a well sought out school educationally. And then athletically, I’m just attempting to, to get to the bar that my brother-in-law has set. And, uh, it’s, it’s a tough feat.

Sevan Matossian (10:30):

How many schools?

Shawn Ramirez (10:32):

Six. So we have the six 12, which is one, the one I run right now. It’s a six through 12, so middle high. And then we have three K through five, like the smaller, like the feeders. And then we have some preschools as well. So, um, that’s, that’s really like, it’s a charter. So it’s a public school and they, uh, it, right now we’re, we’re, we’re turning some heads just because we’re the number one performing school in the state in academics, and we don’t teach you the test. In fact, the new curriculum for the state of Florida is a water down version of our curriculum that our founder actually wrote. He was a legislator in, in the house of, in the House of Representatives for four terms. So it’s, it’s good. It’s, it’s a, uh, it’s a nice little change for on the education side for the state of Florida, which has always been, um, let’s just say not, not above average and little subpar, but as of now we’re making a big turnaround and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Sevan Matossian (11:28):

Uh, that makes me, uh, feel great. I, I homeschool my kids. I never thought I would do that. I thought the people that homeschooled their kids were bat shit crazy. And then you have kids and so you scratch the surface a little bit. And I was like, oh, Nelly.

Shawn Ramirez (11:41):

Yeah, no, you’re spot on with that. We had to homeschool for three years, our kids to develop this curriculum to open up the school. So I know all about homeschool and you just gotta keep the kids active and keep ’em out, ’em out. But I mean, the Singapore math, the Latin, like, there’s things that the schools won’t offer that once I started seeing my kids put into play, it’s, they’re off the charts on, on, uh, on, on their academics now, which we all know the importance of that and not many do. And we’re here to, to educate those that don’t try to be a strong movement moving forward.

Sevan Matossian (12:13):

Yeah. Um, I, I don’t have any girls, so I can’t speak to it. Uh, and I’m guessing it’s very similar, but you nailed it. You have to keep them out and active. I recently, uh, had Jeremy Kinnick on the show. You probably remember him from back in the Yeah,

Shawn Ramirez (12:28):

Of course.

Sevan Matossian (12:29):

And, uh, he posted something on his Instagram. Um, he said, all you have to do as a parent, I’m paraphrasing, um, between the age of zero and six, is make sure your child spends 80% of their time outside. And I thought, wow, what a great simple way to explain. But it’s raining. Doesn’t matter.

Shawn Ramirez (12:49):

<laugh>, but

Sevan Matossian (12:50):

I can’t work. Sorry. There’s no excuses. The boys have to be outside. They have to be outside.

Shawn Ramirez (12:58):


Sevan Matossian (12:58):

They’re not, they’re not made to vacuum cleaners are meant to be inside not boys. Yeah. They’re, they’re, they’re wild. And, and, and soon as it’s kind like soon as you put ’em outside, they’re not wild.

Shawn Ramirez (13:10):

It’s true. No, it’s,

Sevan Matossian (13:11):

You know, they’re, they just, they look like it won with their landscape. Yeah. Inside their break and shit outside. It’s just like, oh look, they’re just peaceful little, they’re like squirrels. Just little creatures doing their thing.

Shawn Ramirez (13:21):

Yeah. No, no, no. You’re spot on. That’s great. I love Jeremy. He’s got, he gets it. Um, but yeah, I agree a hundred percent.

Sevan Matossian (13:30):

You must be stoked. I always, I always would say, um, when I was at CrossFit and, and even what I’m doing now, I’m so proud of what I do cuz I get to tell my boys that I’m, um, what do you do for a living? Well, I save people’s lives. You know, I, I point people in the direction of how they can take control of their own life and save their life. So, and, and, and live the, the most fulfilling life. And you get to tell your boys as a role model. Like I’m, I’m an epic role model, but you also get to say, Hey, I’m focused on kids. And in every, every mature adult that is the, that is, that’s one of the, I guess one of the litmus tests that you’re a mature adult. What is that? Well, that you care about kids.

Shawn Ramirez (14:09):

Yeah. And you can make

Sevan Matossian (14:10):

That’s a priority.

Shawn Ramirez (14:11):

Yeah, no, you’re, you’re, you’re, you’re right there. And I really haven’t settled into seeing that until this year. This is the first year we have a graduating class. And it’s one thing, all the little ones that I’ve, I’ve, I’ve been coaching and pe and because I coach PE when I first got in here, they’re all coming in now to, you know, to high school. And those are the ones that are coming back going, man, you remember when you taught me, you know, the, the, the, the habits of of life. And cuz we have like virtues of the month here with respect and it’s different. And it’s those life lessons that these kids just hold onto that really, I, I’m starting to see now that, I mean, I get goosebumps thinking about it and then now I’m taking ’em on college trips. I just got back from Southeastern University up in Lakeland by Tampa, and they’re like, coach, remember in, in sixth grade when you were the one that got me into football flag? I’m like, wow. And here these kids are ready to play, you know, college football. And that’s where it just, it’s that, that that whole life lesson all throughout, you know, these last six, seven years starting to see it come to fruition. And man, it’s, it’s beautiful. It’s, it’s beautiful to see. And I, I couldn’t be happier to be in a position I’m in here at a school being, being an impact in these lives.

Sevan Matossian (15:29):

And you won’t even hear the majority of the story, Sean. You won’t, 99% of ’em you won’t even hear. But the impact you had on him will be massive. Yeah,

Shawn Ramirez (15:36):

It’s true.

Sevan Matossian (15:37):

Uh, Karina rain, uh, thank you. Well, I wasn’t able, uh, to give during the zealous coverage. I really appreciate seeing Sean on here. More power to all. Thank you.

Shawn Ramirez (15:45):

Thanks Alex.

Sevan Matossian (15:47):

Um, go back to the, um, to the army thing. So when you say you’re an army brat, you were born and you were born onto, uh, an army base. That’s where you were. Mom had you on an army base.

Shawn Ramirez (15:59):

Yeah. Clean Texas. Yeah. Um, yeah, my dad was a ranger and he was stationed out there in, in Kaen And, and, um, I was born out there. I was there till two and a half, three. And then my family, my my mom and dad are both, uh, born and raised in Miami. So they came back to Miami and, and that’s where I spent the rest of the 45 years just aged myself, uh, of my life. And, uh, and then I went to college in Minnesota. That was, that was a little bitter, so I got a little wake up there. Um, but, uh, but yeah, it, it was, it’s good. I mean, having that background and having that structure and having that was, was definitely something that, that helped shaped who I am today. Um, but you know, it, it also, there, there’s the cons of it too. Uh, you know, he, um, my, my dad who didn’t raise me was, was a little, uh, let’s just say he, um, he’s a conspiracist, you know, he’s one of those guys that bought like 1200 acres in Missouri thinking the apocalypse was coming back in the late nineties. Like, you know, so he’s,

Sevan Matossian (17:05):

He may only be 20 years off. He may only may only be 30 years off. Sean. Hold on.

Shawn Ramirez (17:10):

He saw a couple too many things there and, and, uh, it affected him. But you know what? Great guy, he’s, he’s there, um, obviously, um, through, through any any tough, uh, challenges in life, he’s the guy that, that, uh, you know, will have your back in Hecker side. So it’s good, it’s good to have that.

Sevan Matossian (17:28):

Is he still on those 1200 acres?

Shawn Ramirez (17:31):

<laugh>? He still owns them, but now he lives, now he lives in, in the middle of Florida, in Arcadia, and he’s got like pet alligators. Wow. Like 80 acres up there. And he literally hand feeds alligators. Like, it’s, it’s insane. So it’s insane.

Sevan Matossian (17:45):

Is he a good granddad?

Shawn Ramirez (17:47):

Yeah. No, he’s, he’s, he’s good to the kids. I mean, we don’t see him as often as we should, but, you know, he’s, uh, he’s he’s good.

Sevan Matossian (17:54):

You’re 47.

Shawn Ramirez (17:55):


Sevan Matossian (17:57):


Shawn Ramirez (17:58):


Sevan Matossian (17:59):

Are, are, are, are you back in the game? Um, uh, the guys saw you at the Masters Fitness collective. Yeah. Um, people were really excited to see you. A lot of buzz, a lot of people sending text messages, posting things on Instagram. Are you back in the game?

Shawn Ramirez (18:12):

I am. This is where, uh, look, I’m excited just to Oh, nice. I’m excited just to move on and, and I’m, you know, now that, that, um, I’m a free man. I feel like I’ve been, you know, in prison for the last four years, wrongfully accused. So I’m here ready to, to do something that I love. Something that, that has been a part of my life for, you know, close to two decades now. And this is, this is where I belong. So being able to come back in, uh, I will say I was ill prepared. I was telling some of your guys, I was like, like, yeah, you’re doing good first place. After day one. I’m like, yeah, I’m doing great. However, <laugh> I haven’t really trained CrossFit in over three years, four years. So, um, you know, that for me was, was an eye opening experience because day two I started fading by day three.


You wanna talk about just complete, you know, Berlin, I hit that wall. I had no muscular endurance. Uh, mentally I was there. I thought I can, I can, I can persevere through. But, uh, man, I tell you saman, it’s, it’s different. And these guys, and I was thinking 45 to 49 is a different group. I haven’t competed in that yet. Um, there was a couple games guys there and I’m like, nah, I’ll be able to hang. I hung, but boy did I fall at the end, man. I’m not used to falling. So it humbled me, but it, it also made me hungry.

Sevan Matossian (19:36):

Made meaning you will make a, you will make a run in 2023,

Shawn Ramirez (19:40):

Correct? Yeah. The plan is to, to do the, uh, the open to make a run. Just seeing where I’m at health wise, see where I’m at with injuries. I, I’ve been lucky enough not to have any, I do a lot of low impact stuff, my man, I mean, beach volleyball, I do a lot. That’s where I build my engine. A lot of mountain biking, um, which could be high impact, but on the body it is low impact until you hit a tree. But I’ve been fortunate to stay away from those, um, and swimming, so, whoa, here you go. So I, um, that’s, that’s been my life for the last few years. There’s my boy that’s the one in, in college right now, Ty. Um, so it is been, it’s, it’s been, uh, good in terms of staying healthy but bad in terms of moving a bar, man.


But like that barbell has been, you know, collecting cobwebs for quite a few years now. So I picked it back up like two months before I went into to mfc, which just, you know, just to get some, some, um, some of that blood flown again. But I tell you brother, it’s, it’s, uh, to make up for three years and, and six weeks was not a possible task. And, and I didn’t think it was, but I, I went in there thinking I would still be able to, to kind of pick up, um, close to where I left off. But man, <laugh>, I was really mistaken.

Sevan Matossian (20:56):

So those boys got strong too.

Shawn Ramirez (20:59):

Yeah, man. No,

Sevan Matossian (21:00):

The whole, the whole field is getting, like, the whole field is everyone, every Tom, Dick and Harry, the 80 year old woman in your CrossFit gym has gotten stronger. It is truly nuts. Uh, what’s happening,

Shawn Ramirez (21:12):

Here’s the problems. These strong guys that usually are one dimensional, right? Hey, you’re gonna beat me on the strength you’re gonna beat. This is, and I always, I’m, I’m major strategist in, in any competition. I get out there and I’m looking at this workout with four legless oil crimes 3 21. It was a descending or 4 32 with a 1 55 pound thruster, right? So I’m like, I’m gonna destroy this cuz I can do Lego all day and the strong guys are gonna get choked up on the, on the leg list. <laugh>, the guy who ended up winning it fricking looked like a damn ninja. He was going up so fast that I’m like, oh, first four, yeah, whatever. Just wait till that heart rate kicks up to about one 40. Man. I’m sitting there and the announcer was spot on. I’m in the lead. I look over, he comes up next to me off of this thruster unbroken.


I broke mine up. I look over at him, next thing you know, he’s climbing up the rope on his two. I’m like, oh, I can’t wait to watch this guy start tipping and failing. He came up, up, up, came down, I looked at man at there. The announcer goes, oh, looks like Sean is, is going to be content with second place. As he looks onto his competitor, I’m seven. That’s exactly what I was thinking. I’m like, I am happy to take second if you can go up that rope one more time. And sure enough, he did. So that’s the scary thing. These strong guys are now gymnastic. They have that gymnasts and, and they’re well rounded. I’m like, this is not the, this is usually like Neil Maddox. He was one of the ones that shocked me. Like I went in there, I’m like, yeah, he is gonna beat me on the snatch.


He’s gonna, but I’m gonna take him in all the other man. He did his homework. He started working with Chris Shaw, who was my coach, which to this day I wanna <laugh> cause I didn’t know he was working with him. And the guy beat me in the swim. The guy beat me in in all the, you know, the met constant. I’m like, this is not right man. But just goes to show man, a lot of people were were, you know, reluctant and hesitant on working on their holes and working on gaps and you can’t have gaps anymore in this game, man. So everybody’s working on ’em, getting good coaching, getting great programming. And this game has definitely gone to the next level. So that’s where, right now I’m in the process of getting a new coach. Um, I love my coach, but right now I’m just looking at options and uh, see where that leads me. And, and let me tell you when I step back in, fool coming back in the open, it’s, it’s gonna be back to that, that, uh, head down and, and tunnel vision and, and just, just going for going for the kill,

Sevan Matossian (23:43):

Uh, chase Ingram with get with the programming. Let’s go bro. Welcome back Sean.

Shawn Ramirez (23:47):

Love you, chase. That’s my buddy.

Sevan Matossian (23:49):

I, I heard, uh, I’m not, are you a UFC fan?

Shawn Ramirez (23:53):

Well, yeah, I saw Chandler like, whew this week. <laugh>. Yeah, I’m, I’m, uh, I don’t watch it as much as I used to cuz my wrestling’s my background, I mean, I wrestled in college, but that’s where, um, I was really into it. But, um, recently, man, it’s just been, it’s been all work. You know, I I can’t keep up anymore, man. So, uh, but yeah, I watched this weekend,

Sevan Matossian (24:14):

D Dana White said something in the, in the, uh, press conference. He said that, um, 30 years ago when, uh, the UFC started, he, they were always concerned that no one would really understand what they’re seeing. And that in this last fight in the stadium when, um, uh, Israel Osan got one of his hooks in around Alex, uh, uh, Alex Paha. Yeah,

Shawn Ramirez (24:37):


Sevan Matossian (24:38):

That, uh, the whole stadium screamed and stood up. And he took that as is like how educated the fans mm-hmm. <affirmative> have now become, they understand even a nuance move like that to the laymen of getting a hook in how valuable that is. And that’s what’s happened in CrossFit too. Not only in their understanding of it, but in the caliber of the athlete. You know, if someone had a seven minute Fran at a L one in 2008, you’re like, wow, that dude’s a beast. And then all of a sudden, you know, flash forward to 2000, you know, 18 and every L one has a guy doing Fran and you know, sub four minutes, four,

Shawn Ramirez (25:10):

Right? Yeah. And you got Noah kicking in, what, 1 48 or something like

Sevan Matossian (25:14):


Shawn Ramirez (25:15):

Ridiculous. <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (25:17):

Do you still see him?

Shawn Ramirez (25:18):

He’s around like, he’s literally like, from where I’m at now, he’s two miles east of me. He’s right here in South Miami. Um, like we don’t train together, but we still talk. I still text him like, you know, we’re we’re, we were really close when he first came in the scene, when he was still at. Um, and that’s when I kind of took him under my wing, me and Ron, you know, Ron Ortiz and like we would always come together and that’s when Waap just started. Um, but, and then Nike, we were with Nike for, for three years together. But, you know, we don’t train together. Like I’m starting to step back in and now like, um, you know, Anna, uh, um, ton of cliff, I always say ton of cliff, but Right me,

Sevan Matossian (26:02):

Ton of cliff. Yeah. Yeah. She’s

Shawn Ramirez (26:03):

Down here. She wants to get back. She’s, she miss the Olympics, uh, in Tokyo by like 10, one hundredths of a second, like the girl. So she’s back down here training. So we’re gonna start training together in the grove. I’m gonna start stepping back into peak, which is where I, because I just need to, to get some, some rabbits and some, some, um, some, you know, some elite athletes to pick me. And that was one of my secret success, uh, you know, um, secret, uh, success stories is I would always just find those, those athletes to just run with, not all the time, but I would travel up and just grab some guys and, and you know, just to, once I started feeling confident, now my numbers are going up, I’m feeling good. Let me go get humbled. Let me go run a a Fran with, with the, uh, the no Olsons of the world.


And that’s, that’s, as an athlete, you gotta do that. You always gotta just, you know, play at a higher level, compete, you know, practice at a higher level in order to, to sustain that higher level. So, uh, I’m definitely gonna be stepping back into him to answer your question. Um, he doesn’t know it yet, so have you seen this Noah <laugh> get your text <laugh> when I reach out to you, but yeah, man, I, I’m, I’m in it to win, man. I, I’m, when I come back in, it’s gonna be full force. I want to educate everybody on what’s really going on out there. I want to, you know, just, just tell the story, which is why I’m here today and, and be able to, to just move on and, and get back to my love.

Sevan Matossian (27:30):

Did, did Anna have a kid?

Shawn Ramirez (27:33):


Sevan Matossian (27:33):

No, she didn’t. Okay. But she, she had gone to the Olympics before, right?

Shawn Ramirez (27:37):

Yeah. She was a gold medalist in 2008 sailing. She’s a beast, man. She killed mfc. Um, she was phenomenal out there. Oh, there she is. Yeah. Uh, she is, she’s great. And she’s, she’s on the RX team, you know, with, uh, David Newman, who to this day is, I would have to say arguably the best, um, forget sponsor friend that I’ve ever had. He’s the guy that’s always stayed, you know, by my side. And, and even at mfc, like, you know, we were, uh, it’s, I didn’t even know he was gonna be there. Uh, he ended up giving me <laugh> giving me one of those beaded ropes and oh, I could not do a crossover to save my life. I could not do one crossover two weeks before the competition <laugh>. And cuz I had a shorter rope. And he’s like, Sean, here, let me send you a rope. And, and my son, my eighth grader, he’s like, dad, are you sure you want to compete? Are you sure this is a smart thing to do, dad, I don’t think you’re ready. I’m like, what <laugh>? Man, I tell you these kids. So I’m like, Hey, it’s a technique, don’t worry. I’m gonna figure it out, but I just need some help. So, uh, that was one of those things that again, it’s uh, I’ve been out of it too long, my friend. So when those things came up, I’m like, dude, I used to do this in 1986, Rocky soundtrack in the background. I got this. I could do one.

Sevan Matossian (29:04):

Uh, by the way, I spoke to Dave yesterday, just gave him just a courtesy call just to say, Hey, what’s up? And, and I agree there he is a class act, uh, a rock of a man. Yeah. Uh, the community’s lucky to have him. Uh, just so you don’t feel left out. I take my kids to the skate park, you know, 3, 4, 5 times a week. And if I stand on their skateboard, they will literally start to cry. They think I’m gonna hurt myself. They think I’m gonna hurt myself. Yes. No, no. Don’t, don’t, don’t. You’re old, you’re old to run over to me. I’m like, damn.

Shawn Ramirez (29:36):

I love it. No, man, that’s, that’s awesome. That’s, that’s love right there. I’m a big, big, I used to build half pipes. I’m a big skateboard. Oh, I took new kids there early. Yeah, early in their years. I’m, I’m all about with, with raising kids is just that balance of life. You know, like surfing, skateboarding, all those extreme stuff. Snowboarding, we go and, and then you go to the other side of that and the traditional sports, like you just.

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