Libby DiBiase
1969 - Present

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Part Nine Goals 2015

Even with all of her success, Libby expresses some regret about missed opportunities, “I messed up some big things that I could have done with track, but you know what? I guess you live and you learn. Other opportunities came to me later.” And so they did. Libby DiBiase has made a name for herself in the CrossFit community, earned a spot on the Reebok and Gaspari teams among other sponsorships, and continued to excel as a CrossFit athlete, but her goals have shifted since she first started competing. At the 2015 Reebok Athlete Summit in the Bahamas, the athletes were given t-shirts. On the back, they said “Goals 2015” and below, listed that person’s specific goals for the year. Libby DiBiase’s shirt read, “Spend more time with my son and graduate in May.” After her May 9, 2015 graduation, Libby posted this photo on Instagram with the caption: “BEST.DAY.OF.MY.LIFE!! I finally did it! A couple years back I never thought this would happen. I am so thankful for my family’s support” (DiBiase).

The year 2015 was full of life-changing moments for Libby, who in addition to graduating on May 9, 2015, competed on the CrossFit Omaha team at the 2015 CrossFit Games Regional competition in Minneapolis, and on October 3, 2015, married Joe Westerlin. She looks forward to more family time as well as finding a job, now that she has earned her degree.  When asked what she wants to do, she mentioned the fire department or law-enforcement, which have been interests since she was young. She also looks forward to the possibility of having more children with Joe (L. DiBiase). Continuing to compete is also part of the plan, as Libby has stated that she wants to model a healthy lifestyle for Cruz (“Libby Dibiase: CrossFit Superstar”).  As teammate Karhs said of Libby, “I met her when she was 20 and now she’s 27 … she’s definitely more capable of handling herself. She just seems a lot more confident in her choices, in her conversations.  She’s in a good place” (Kahrs).

 

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Part Ten A Sense of Quiet Determination

Libby has inspired many women to work toward fitness goals, to challenge themselves, to do things they never thought they could. Kahrs said the one thing she thinks is most important for people to know is “She is just somebody who is really, really good at quietly managing her priorities. She’s got a busy schedule, she’s going to school full time.  She has her obligations with her sponsors so she travels quite a bit.  Joe travels a ton, and of course there’s Cruz and the dog and training as well, and you just never really hear her complain. She just knows what she has to do, she shows up, and she gets it done” (Kahrs).  This sense of quiet determination has made Libby an elite CrossFit athlete, a dedicated mother, and a UNO graduate. Libby’s early involvement in the CrossFit