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Breaking: Sara Sigmundsdottir Tears Ligament In Knee, Out For 2021 Season

March 14, 2021 by
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Fans of Sara Sigmundsdottir received some heartbreaking news Sunday morning.

The two-time podium finisher and fan-favorite revealed via Instagram that she ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during training earlier this week and the injury will require surgery, effectively ending her 2021 season before it even began. 

  • Sigmundsdottir: “I experienced my biggest nightmare earlier this week when I hurt my knee in training. I felt a click in my knee during a split jerk and went straight to get an MRI scan. The results showed a ruptured ACL.”

It is another tough break for Sigmundsdottir, as the injury occurred just days before the first Open announcement. Perhaps more frustrating is the compounding fact that it follows a 2020 CrossFit Games where she was hampered by the effects from adrenal insufficiency and from a bacterial infection that resulted from a mishap in training. 

  • Sigmundsdottir also switched coaches prior to the 2021 season, and many were hoping that the fresh approach would result in a return to the top of the Games leaderboard following three consecutive seasons outside of the top ten. 

A potential return to the podium will have to wait another year, as the typical recovery time for an ACL repair is anywhere from six months to a full year, but a full recovery is expected and Sigmundsdottir should be able to compete in the 2022 season.  

  • Fans of Sigmundsdottir could still see her compete in 2021, depending on the severity of the  full timeline becoming known following surgery, an advantageous recovery timeline could have her back on the competition floor for an off-season licensed event like the Rogue Invitational (October 29-31), or the Dubai CrossFit Championship (December). 

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