One of the women’s favorites for the Dubai CrossFit Championship this weekend hit an unfortunate speed bump prior to the first event Wednesday. Katrin Davidsdottir was unable to take the competition floor for the first event at the Jumeirah Mina Al Salam beach due to a lingering back injury sustained last week in training, leaving the rest of her competition weekend in Dubai in doubt.
Here’s the catch: Even though Davidsdottir will receive zero points for the event and did not take the floor, it does not mean her weekend is over and she has to withdraw. Speaking with event organizers at the event, they clarified that she would be allowed to continue in the competition if she chooses.
- Davidsdottir: “I was hoping that I would feel good enough to compete, but I just didn’t feel good enough on the sandbag to risk it. I have the choice to continue going forward, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
The remaining workout of the day is unknown at this point, but athletes will be taken off-site to a different location than the beach this morning. Whether or not Katrin could potentially continue would depend on the programming given that there’s some heavy barbell work later on.
- The first event on Thursday is a one-rep max clean and jerk, which surely would be a deterrent for Davidsdottir if her condition doesn’t significantly improve, and if the evening workout puts any additional stress on the posterior chain.
- Of the other known tests so far, event 5 and event 7, the front rack walking lunges of event 7 pose the biggest obstacle from an injury perspective.
So you’re telling me there’s a chance: The nature of the scoring for the first event left a whopping 14 athletes – 56% of the entire women’s field – tied for 8th place, so the point spread for a potential bounce back into a decent position if her back holds up is not far fetched. Doing so would net her a decent payday along with any potential earnings for a top 3 finish in any event.
Regardless of how her weekend ends, health comes first, and there’s plenty of time for the 2-time champ to rest and recover, and we hope she’s able to get back to 100% soon.
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