Kristin Holte Returns
The second fittest woman on earth from 2019 officially returned to the competition floor this past Saturday, as Norway’s Kristin Holte took the top overall spot at the ATA Games 2020 in what was also the first live competition to take place since worldwide restrictions were put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Holte’s return was also significant for the fact that the 2019 silver medalist had been recovering from surgery on her left wrist for carpal-tunnel syndrome back in January, and plans on competing next week in the Rogue Invitational.
- Holte: “(The) wrist is doing great. No pain during or after the competition, so it’s all healed up and good to go again.”
- Her recovery mirrors the 2017 season when Holte recovered from surgery in her right wrist to come back and win the 2017 Meridian Regional for her fourth consecutive Games appearance.
Norway’s fittest woman showed no signs of rust across the four events in total that made up the entirety of the one-day competition. She finished every event in third place or higher – including two event wins — to easily win the competition ahead of second-place Lena Richter.
- Andrea Solberg (3rd) and Matilde Garnes (4th) also competed in the competition, meaning that the top three women in Norway — and five of the top ten overall – from the 2020 Open took part.
- Holte on her performance: “Even though there are several movements I haven’t done in a really long time they are still there. I haven’t been able to snatch heavy more than a couple of times since January, but I still managed to hit a weight that was just below my PR which I was super happy with.”
For many in the community, getting to see one of the best in the sport back on the competition floor healthy once again was a nice respite from the muzzled routines of life during a pandemic, and gave hope for a sense of normalcy as countries and states begin to re-open following loosened restrictions.
- The ATA Games followed strict protocols from the Norwegian government including limits on total event size as well as the number of athletes participating. The stripped-down, raw feel of the event was a reminder of the current climate as the world looks to rebound from the coronavirus.
“You always appreciate things more after they have been taken away from you,” reflected Holte after the weekend, “So I was just super happy to be able to be out on the competition floor and I was able to really enjoy the experience.”
Holte will now set her focus on the Rogue Invitational and will have the luxury of being the only athlete in the field to have touched any sort of competition since March and the cancellation of 13 other events that were to have taken place before then.