The year-old, barelypound, CrossFit competitor, Olympic weightlifter and fitness model hasn't always resembled a picture of perfect health. At 22 years old, I couldn't run a mile and when I finished it, it took me a week to recover," Abbott said. That first attempt to complete a short-distance run came during a pivotal time in Abbott's life and in an unlikely place -- the Green Zone in Iraq, where she was working as a civilian contractor. I did everything wrong. That was such an epiphany for me.