Davidsdottir carries proud distinction of Fittest Woman on Earth

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.

Multi-sport star Carolyne Prevost earns first place at Granite Games

Since winning the Clarkson Cup with the Toronto Furies in spring 2014, Carolyne Prevost has been on a hot streak. A multi-talented athlete with national titles in taekwon do and soccer, along with a stint on Canada’s national hockey team, she is staking her claim as one of the most accomplished of her generation. Prevost has now taken the plunge into CrossFit competitions.

Her most recent competition provided her with one of the most memorable events in her young career, the career milestone of earning her first-ever finish on top of the standings. Accumulating 65 points in the Women RX Division, she would finish 23 points better than runner-up Tylinn Rashan and 25 points better than third place competitor Taylor Williamson at the 2014 Granite Games in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Image obtained from Facebook

Image obtained from Facebook

The venue certainly brought familiar feelings for Prevost. Having played hockey at the NCAA level with the Wisconsin Badgers (where she won a pair of national titles), the St. Cloud State Huskies were a conference opponent.

Returning as a CrossFit athlete, it has marked a tremendous growth in her athletic endeavors. Earlier this year, Prevost competed in the Eastern Canadian Regionals, which included eventual world champion Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet. Finishing 22nd among the field of competitors, Prevost bounced back with her first-ever podium finish at the Wasaga Beach Invitational in Ontario, Canada.

Heading into the Granite Games, the dedication and perseverance paid off for the ambitious Prevost. In three of the six preliminary events, she enjoyed top four finishes. In the Deadly Ropes, Prevost finished fourth with a time of 00:06:50:00. In the Cleans N Rings competition, Prevost would finish second to Kristen Anderson, who went on to a seventh place final ranking. The Unbroken event resulted in Prevost completing the best time at 00:10:04:00, ranking first. The three other events that Prevost competed in were the Snatch Ladder (23rd), The Run (6th) and the Sprint Relay (16th).

Qualifying for the finals, Prevost was working within a time cap of eight mintues as she engaged in 40 cal rows, 50 alternating pistols, 30 toes to bar and 10 bar muscle up. Despite an eleventh place showing, Prevost was much stronger in the second final. Competing with a four-mintue time cap, Prevost successfully complete 20 cal rows, 3 squat cleans at 165, 2 squat cleans at 175, then 1 squat clean at 185. She would only require an astounding 2 minutes and 25 seconds, finishing second. The only competitor to rank higher than Prevost in the second final was Taylor Williamson with 1:49.

Earning $2,500 for her first place finish in the RX Division (where she underwent a series of qualifiers over three weeks), an added bonus was the chance to meet Lauren Fisher. A member of Team USA at the 2014 Junior World Weightlifting Championship, Fisher placed ninth at the 2014 CrossFit Games.

With her remarkable background in a wide multitude of sports, Prevost has the self-discipline and the mental toughness required to succeed in CrossFit. As she hopes to emulate the achievements of fellow Canadian competitor, Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet, Prevost is a rising star, continuing to inspire and motivate in any sport that she engages in.