Making the Case for Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson as the “Fittest European Man of All-Time”

November 17, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Athlete's Eye Photography

My esteemed colleague Brian Friend analyzed the bright future of the European men, his expert analysis coupled with Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson’s 4th place finish at the Rogue Invitational, where he finished fourth in a stacked field, got me thinking where he stands on the list of not just top athletes all-time but if he’s the top European man not just currently but in the history of the CrossFit Games. So I took some time to sit down and crunch numbers of the native of Iceland and other Europeans to see if he has earned the distinction of being labeled as the "Fittest European Man of All-Time".

Top European Male Finishers at the Games

  • 2021 - Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson (4th)
  • 2020 - Jonne Koski (7th)
  • 2019 - Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson (3rd)
  • 2018 - Lukas Högberg (3rd)
  • 2017 - Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson (5th)
  • 2016 - Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson (8th)
  • 2015 - Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson (3rd)
  • 2014 - Lukas Högberg (23rd)
  • 2013 - Frederik Aegidius (15th)
  • 2012 - Frederik Aegidius (30th)
  • 2011 - Tuomas Vainio (19th)
  • 2010 - Mikko Salo (5th)
  • 2009 - Mikko Salo (1st)
  • 2008 - NA
  • 2007 - NA

At first glance, Guðmundsson (also known as BKG), has been Europe’s top finisher at the Games on five occasions, all within the last seven seasons. That alone should secure the label of “Fittest European Man of All-Time". But let’s go into some details and build up some more evidence for BKG.

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