Examining Katrin Davidsdottir’s “Off Year”

September 21, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Preston Smith (instagram.com/prestonsmithphotography)

When scrolling through the leaderboard of the 2021 Nobull CrossFit Games, Katrin Davidsdottir’s name appears lower in the standings than fans of the sport may be used to in recent years.

The 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games champion ended this year’s Games campaign in 10th overall, finishing outside of the top five for the first time since 2014. In weeks since there have been mixed opinions floating around the digital zeitgeist about the nature of her performance, and outlook going forward.

  • Given that Davidsdottir is one of the premier athletes in the sport, it's worth evaluating what this season’s performance ultimately means within the framework of her current career arc. 

But first, a disclaimer: Katrin Davidsdottir is one of the true greats of the sport in the women’s division. As an athlete who has successfully climbed the mountaintop, and as the only woman to have beaten Tia-Clair Toomey at the Games (twice), there’s a baseline level of respect given to her outlook in acknowledging that until she hangs them up, she’s in the podium conversation. 

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