Third-Place Battle Between Annie Thorisdottir & Kristin Holte Steals the Show in Madison
The 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games came to an end on Sunday, Aug. 1, with three final individual events. Tia-Clair Toomey locked up her 5th straight title with a dominant performance, but her medal was not the most intriguing part of the weekend. The battle for third place stole the show as five women fought for the final place on the podium behind Toomey and Laura Horvath. Ultimately, Annie Thorisdottir took home the medal after she and Holte went to battle to see who would sneak into that third podium position.
One big thing: Entering the final day of competition, Kristin Holte was projected to end up on the podium with 834 points. However, she only had a ten point lead over Annie Thorisdottir (824). Haley Adams had 810 points, Kristi Eramo O’Connell had 804 points, and Gabriela Migala had 802.
- Thorisdottir gained ground during the first event of the day. She took 4th in Event 13 while Holte finished 5th. The two-time CrossFit Games champion moved within five points of the podium with a total of 909 to Holte’s 914.
- Adams and O’Connell dropped back in the pack after finishing outside the top ten. Meanwhile, Amanda Barnhart jumped up to 7th with a total of 851 points while Migala moved to 5th with 897 points after taking second in Event 13.
With Thorisdottir and Migala nipping at Holte’s heels, the Norwegian athlete needed to avoid any mistakes while completing a brand-new movement. She and her peers headed to the Coliseum to complete a couplet of 275-pound deadlifts and freestanding handstand push-ups.
- Thorisdottir turned the battle into a two-person race during Event 14. She blew through the first set of freestanding handstand push-ups, took an early lead, and then began ripping out deadlifts. Iceland Annie did the set of ten unbroken while Holte took a quick break.
- The two Games veterans continued to fight for the lead during the final sets of deadlifts and handstand push-ups. Thorisdottir continued to push her advantage, staying one or two reps ahead of Holte while Tia-Clair Toomey remained in third place. Migala took 15th and dropped to 92 points behind third place, taking her out of contention for the podium.
Thorisdottir captured the win in an exciting fashion and set up one final battle for the bronze medal. She and Holte just needed to take on Event 15 and conquer 600 meters on the rower, 90 chest-to-bar pull-ups, and three different style 36-foot lunges. The athlete who finished first, would capture third place.
Showdown in the coliseum: Following an exciting battle in the men’s division that crowned Justin Medeiros the Fittest on Earth, Thorisdottir and Holte took to the competition floor for one final battle. They sat down at their rowers in the calm before the storm, waiting for the starting beep.
- For the second time on Sunday, Thorisdottir jumped out to an early lead. She was the first one off the rower and onto the set of 90 chest-to-bar pull-ups. Though Laura Horvath and Toomey passed her in the early sets of 15.
- Thorisdottir started her lunges and made it halfway through the first set before Holte jumped off the pull-up bar. The two-time champ continued to methodically move down the floor, only stopping to move the barbell to the next position.
Thorisdottir stepped across the finish line with tears in her eyes and a smile on her face. She embraced Toomey and then crouched down in the midst of a powerful moment. She officially locked up third place in the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games, her 5th time stepping on the podium in a legendary career.
Bottom line: The 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games did not disappoint in the return to Madison, WI. Toomey made history while two of the iconic athletes from the female division took part in an epic battle to cap off the weekend. Thorisdottir built upon her legacy with another podium finish while Holte only reinforced her spot as one of the sport’s most underrated and consistent athletes.