Thuri Helgadottir Explains Why Icelanders Are So Good at CrossFit

April 14, 2021 by

There are three reasons why Iceland produces an overabundance of amazing CrossFitters, said Thuri Helgadottir, who has just qualified for the European semifinals.

“One is that we have Annie who won the Games in 2011 and 2012, so we got a role model early into the sport in Iceland,” said Helgadottir, who just finished 29th in the 2021 CrossFit Open.

She is referring to the legendary Annie Thorisdottir, Iceland’s first CrossFit star who has since returned from having a baby seven months ago to finish 118th in the open. Helgadottir, who finished ninth at the 2019 Games said the second reason is that Iceland is most definitely a sporting nation.

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