Davidsdottir Leaving CompTrain, Joining Thorisdottir with Jami Tikkanen

November 1, 2021 by
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Two-time CrossFit Games champion Katrin Davidsdottir has left Ben Bergeron and CompTrain and will be competing under coach Jami Tikkanen, who also coaches fellow Icelanders Annie Thorisdottir and Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson, as well as Henrik Haapalainen, multiple sources confirmed. She did not compete this weekend under the guidance and coaching of Bergeron, her coach across seven CrossFit Games seasons.

  • The change in coach comes after her worst finish at the CrossFit Games (10th) since she failed to qualify in 2014.

One big thing: The news is a huge blow to CompTrain as Davidsdottir has long been Bergeron’s marquee athlete since 2015, and the third in a series of departures for CompTrain in the last year. 

  • Back in November 2020, Brooke Wells left to train with PRVN under Shane Orr. 
  • Two weeks ago, coach Harry Palley, who coaches Amanda Barnhart and Sam Kwant, stepped down
  • All three of these departures could prove to be a setback for Bergeron’s plans to build up the CompTrain Academy, a “world-class training facility designed to help people excel at the CrossFit Games.”
  • CompTrain still coaches Samuel Kwant, Amanda Barnhart and Chandler Smith. 

Why it makes sense: Katrin and Annie are long-time friends turned business partners who recently launched a new line of sports earbuds. Katrin has also been living away from her native Iceland and family since 2015 when she moved to New England.

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