Katrín Davíðsdóttir

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Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir
Personal information
Birth name Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir
Nationality Icelandic
Born (1993-05-10) 10 May 1993 (age 25)
Reykjavik, Iceland
Residence Reykjavik, Iceland
Occupation Professional CrossFit Athlete
Years active 2012–present
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 69 kg (152 lb)
Sport
Sport CrossFit
Club CrossFit New England
Reebok CrossFit Reykjavik
Coached by Ben Bergeron
Achievements and titles
World finals 2015 CrossFit Games Champion
2016 CrossFit Games Champion
Regional finals 1st: 2016, 2018
2nd: 2012, 2015, 2017
3rd: 2013
Personal best(s)

Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈkʰatrin ˈtaviːðsˌtouhtɪr]; born 10 May 1993) is an Icelandic CrossFit athlete known for her four appearances at the CrossFit Games. She is the women's champion[1][2][3][4] of the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games. Katrín is the second woman to repeat as champion, following in the footsteps of her countrywoman, 2011 and 2012 CrossFit Games champion[5] Anníe Þórisdóttir.

CrossFit Games career[edit]

Katrín's only event win at the 2015 Games came in the final event, Pedal to the Metal 2, but that was enough to move her ahead of countrywoman Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdóttir, who had been in first place going into the last two events.[6]

Katrín missed qualification in 2014 due to a relatively poor performance at the Europe Regional on Event 5, a combination of legless rope climbs and sprints.[7][8] Katrín finished in the top 10 on every 2014 Regional Event except this one, in which she dropped to 24th.[6] In the end, 9 points separated Katrín from the final 2014 Games qualifier out of the Europe Regional, third-ranked Norwegian athlete Kristin Holte.

Katrín has said that missing qualification in 2014 was the "differentiator" that helped her come back to the Games and win in 2015.

Not making it last year affected me a lot, and I think that is a differentiator. I started working more closely with my coach, Ben Bergeron, and he not only got me the fittest that I've ever been, but he got my mental game to a whole other level. And I think that's the biggest thing. We can all work out and we're all fit, but this year I've been working so much on my mental approach and just staying in that mental mind game, staying focused on yourself, and only the next task at hand.

— Katrín Davíðsdóttir, interview published on ESPNW.[2]

CrossFit Games results[edit]

Year Games Regionals Open (Worldwide)
2012[6] 30th 2nd (Europe) 21st
2013[6] 24th 3rd (Europe) 37th
2014[6] 6th (Europe) 122nd
2015[6] 1st 2nd (Meridian) 14th
2016[6] 1st 1st (East) 14th
2017[6] 5th 2nd (East) 10th
2018[6] 1st (East) 8th

Training background[edit]

Katrín started doing CrossFit in September 2011 at the age of 18.[9] She had 10 years of training as a gymnast as well as 1 year of competition experience in track and field (athletics).[9]

Katrín currently trains at CrossFit New England, in the USA, with coach Ben Bergeron. In the past, she trained at Reebok CrossFit Reykjavik,[10] in Reykjavik, Iceland, and CrossFit Stodin.[9]

Television appearance[edit]

Katrín appeared on the 30th season premiere of The Amazing Race, where she asked teams to identify two national tonics: Brennivín and Þorskalýsi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Fittest on Earth". CrossFit Games. July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir Plays Mental Game To Win CrossFit Games". espnW. July 29, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ "2015 Crossfit champions give insight". espnW. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Icelander Wins World CrossFit Games". Iceland Review. July 27, 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "CrossFit Phenom Annie Thorisdottir: The Fittest Woman on the Planet?". Vogue. April 9, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Leaderboard". CrossFit Games. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Europe: Women Event 5". CrossFit Games. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "This Is the 'Fittest Woman on Earth'". Health. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "Solid Foundation: Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir". CrossFit Games. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Athlete: Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir". CrossFit Games. Retrieved 7 October 2015.