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Crossfit “Guru” Does Handstand at Holocaust Memorial

Dave Driskell apologized Monday evening for his actions

By: Daina Goldfinger

Published: August 14th, 2015 in Sports » Local

Crossfit “Guru” Does Handstand at Holocaust Memorial

Photo: Dave Driskell's handstand at holocaust memorial

Credit: Instagram


On Monday, a popular Crossfit personality, Dave Driskell, posted a controversial photo on Instagram of himself doing a handstand at the Holocaust Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Europe in Berlin, Germany.

Driskell is described by some as a “fitness guru.” The 36-year-old is a native from Bali, Indonesia, and travels around the world publishing photos of his workouts.

The photo has now been deleted because of condemning comments from the fitness star’s fans. Initially, the picture was captioned, “Hello Berlin, Germany. 15 hour layover. Checking the sites. Drinking the beers. Eating the bratwurst. #vagabond #wanderlustwods #handstands #365daysofhandstands.”

Later Monday evening, Driskell posted an apology, claiming that he was originally unaware that the memorial site holds such significance:

“I’d like to apologize for any offense the last picture I posted has caused. I had a quick layover in Berlin today with a good friend and we walked all around the city looking at and enjoying all the beauty it has to offer. We walked near this memorial not knowing what it was at the time. People were walking on the pillars. Kids running around. People sitting on them. It was gorgeous and looked visually stunning. As with all things like this I wanted a picture next to it, as I have been doing for years. I took a handstand picture with it as the background. I truly did not know what the structure was.

I feel completely terrible as I would never purposely offend or disrespect this memorial had I known. I posted the picture using the wifi from a local cafe and then went back to exploring the city. It wasn’t until later tonight at the airport that I realized my error in understanding what this structure was.

I’ve been doing handstands all over the world since I started this amazing wanderlust adventure that has inspired people all over the world.

Earlier this year I flew to India to help with a charitable event which raised over $24,000.00 to help the orphans and needy in India. I love to promote fitness and inspire people to do something different than the norm: To be epic. To be fit. To help others. To chase happiness. To show love! I love all and strive to show that through my passions of travel and fitness.

Again I apologize for this horrible misunderstanding and any offense this might have caused.

Anyone who knows me, knows this is the complete opposite of what I would want.

I respectfully ask your forgiveness.

Dave Driskell.”

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