Briggs and Davidsdottir On The Outside Looking In For Day 3 of Strength in Depth
Fan favorites Samantha Briggs and Katrin Davidsdottir both face a tough Day 3 ahead of them at Strength in Depth, having both experienced “comeback seasons” of sorts to each try to punch their tenth ticket to the CrossFit Games.
Briggs took a huge blow in Event 3, the Barbell Complex, only putting up 143lbs in her first attempt and passing on her two remaining attempts, which put her in last place in the event. While this strategic move, in order to keep her body fresh for events yet to come, may have been a logically sound move, considering Briggs was 33lbs away from 26th place, let alone 66lbs away from a top-ten finish, it still shot her far down the leaderboard to end Day 2 in 9th place. However, Briggs is only 42 points out of a qualifying position, and the Day 3 events are historically in her wheelhouse.
Interestingly, if Briggs can fight through the last day of events and secure a spot for the Games, she would be the only 40-year-old in modern competition to qualify as an individual. The last time an athlete at Briggs’ age competed in the Individual division was Cheryl Brost in 2012, who placed 15th overall.
Davidsdottir, who made her CrossFit Games debut in 2012, is also sitting in an unfamiliar situation going into the last day of competition. Davidsdottir is aiming for her tenth trip to the Games this summer, fresh off a transition away from Comptrain and back to her Icelandic roots at CrossFit Reykjavik. Heavy lifting has never been Davidsdottir’s strong suit, so the setback of 11th place and a 205lbs lift in the Barbell Complex was no surprise. Of course, it was also no surprise when Davidsdottir kicked into her (literally) trademark “sled dog” mentality for Event 4, coming hot out of the gates and ending the day with a third-place finish, putting her in sixth overall.
Both familiar faces have a fight ahead of them for Day 3 of Strength in Depth, which includes the legless rope climb event featured in every Semifinal, which should tailor to Brigg’s aerobic capacity and a ‘classic CrossFit’ triplet, which Davidsdottir has identified multiple times as her favorite events.