Although Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir managed first place in only one event, she managed a remarkable consistency throughout the grueling series of four-day competitions at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit World Games at the StubHub Centre in Carson, California. There was a strong feeling of redemption for Davidsdottir after a disastrous 2014 when she was unable to qualify for the World Games due to a struggle at the European regional in the legless rope climbs.
Of note, fellow Icelandic competitor Sara Sigmundsdottir was in first place with only two events to go. Throughout the competitition, the two were back and forth among the top of the leaderboard.
Heading onto the fourth and final day, Davidsdottir was 33 points off the lead. Able to finish fifth in the Midline Madness competition (compared to ninth for Sigmunbdsdottir), it built momentum heading into the final event, Pedal to the Metal 2, where Davidsdottir managed the first place finish.
The Midline Madness competition featured competitors sprinting up steps while managing to carry 300 lb weights. Even more grueling was Pedal to the Medal, where pegboard climbs, rowing, cycling and demanding 400 lb kettlebell squats test the mental and physical limits of those brave enough to participate. For her efforts, Davidsdottir (who finished with 790 points) was awarded $275,000, dethroning defending champion Camille Leblanc-Bazinet of Canada.
Along with men’s world champion Ben Smith of the United States, the two visited ESPN’s Sports Centre studio in Los Angeles, performing hand stands in front of the impressed on-air hosts. As a side note, Australian rookie Tia-Clair Toomey finished second overall. Upon the news, the recipient of the Rookie of the Year Award was in tears, inconsolable over coming so close to the pinnacle.
Competing against 39 other women in her third-ever World Games, Davidsdottir was humble in her post-victory interview, declaring that she had not entered the weekend with the goal of winning. Instead, she was just aiming to do her best in every event. Adding to the magic of the victory was the fact that she trained with two-time World Games champion, fellow Icelandic competitor, Annie Thorisdottir.