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Chris Rhyme (JD '11) Celebrates CrossFit Games Victory

After a nine-year battle with multiple sclerosis, Pepperdine Caruso Law alumnus Chris Rhyme (JD ‘11) competed in the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games and championed several events for the adaptive division. The adaptive division is the section of the games for athletes with disabilities. Rhyme also came in first place in three CrossFit Games open workout fitness tests.

Rhyme graduated from Caruso Law in 2011 and passed the bar exam in Colorado.  After working in investment banking for several years, Rhyme bought Noble Wealth Management where he currently serves as the CEO.  He also serves as a partner at the Business Transition Group, based in Denver, Colorado.  

During his time at Caruso Law, Rhyme was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Entrepreneurship, Business, and the Law, as well as a Palmer Center Fellow.  He was an active student mentor, and co-founder of Engage.  Rhyme maintained an active lifestyle throughout his time at Pepperdine and as a practicing attorney, even after his diagnosis with multiple sclerosis.

Rhyme gives credit to his wife, Whitney, for accomplishing this inspirational milestone.  He said,  "My better half has stood by my side since the day I was diagnosed on her birthday almost 9 years ago, and in many ways deserved to be on the podium alongside me,” after his win at the competition.  Pepperdine Caruso Law congratulates Chris, Whitney, and their children on his win as he embodies the Pepperdine mission of purpose, service, and leadership.

From the NOBULL CrossFit Games:

The goal of the CrossFit Games is to determine which athletes and teams are the Fittest on Earth. To do so, athletes must face a broad range of challenges. The CrossFit Games rewards the generalist: Athletes who can display the greatest breadth of abilities will triumph over athletes who may excel in one domain yet struggle with others. 

All athletes start in the worldwide Open and the field of competitors is winnowed down through Quarterfinals and Semifinals to the fittest 40 men, 40 women, 40 teams, 180 age-group athletes, and 30 adaptive athletes in the world.

Additional information may be found at CrossFit Games 2023