Katrin Davidsdottir (Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir) is a two-time CrossFit Games Fittest Woman on Earth. She has made seven CrossFit Games appearances since 2012 and released her first book in 2019.
Katrin Davidsdottir Before CrossFit
Davidsdottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1993. Helgi Ágústsson, her grandfather, was the Icelandic ambassador to the United States. Davidsdottir grew up competing in gymnastics. She spent ten years in the sport and one year in track and field before trying CrossFit in September of 2011.
Katrin Davidsdottir CrossFit Games Career
In her early CrossFit career, Davidsdottir worked out at CrossFit Reykjavik. The gym is partly owned by Katrin’s friend and inspiration, Annie Thorisdottir.
CrossFit Games 2012
Less than a year into CrossFit, Katrin Davidsdottir took 21st in the 2012 CrossFit Open. Her second-place finish in the Europe regional earned her a ticket to the CrossFit Games. She took 30th that year, in what would be the first of many Games appearances.
CrossFit Games 2013
After her breakout season, Davidsdottir fell to 37th in the 2013 CrossFit Open. Third place in the Europe regional still earned her a return to the CrossFit Games. That year she was able to climb to 24th in the world.
CrossFit Games 2014
Katrin Davidsdottir views the 2014 CrossFit season as a defining moment in her career. She dropped to 122nd-overall in the 2014 CrossFit Open. Her return to a third Europe regional event showed holes in her training. Struggles with leg-less rope climbs resulted in a sixth-place finish. Katrin would not earn an invite to the 2014 CrossFit Games.
CrossFit Games 2015
Coming back from the frustrations of her 2014 season, Davidsdottir looked like an athlete reborn. She placed fourteenth in the 2014 CrossFit Open before winning the Meridian regional. In a dominating performance, Davidsdottir then won the 2015 CrossFit Games. She credits her 2014 failure for the change in training and mentality that took her to the podium.
CrossFit Games 2016
In 2015, Davidsdottir moved her official home to CrossFit New England. Training with coach and former Games team athlete Ben Bergeron (also an author), she took 14th in the 2016 Open. In her first year at an American regional, Katrin took first in the East region.
She would go on to repeat her 2015 success and take the title of 2016’s Fittest Woman on Earth. CrossFit documented her 2016 CrossFit Games performance in the Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness documentary. Marston Sawyers and Heber Cannon (the Buttery Bros) were primary contributors to the documentary.
Davidsdottir’s 2016 championship made her only the second woman in history to win two CrossFit Games. The first athlete was Annie Thorisdottir in 2011 and 2012.
CrossFit Games 2017
Returning as a two-time champion, Davidsdottir had one of her best ever CrossFit Open performances. She earned tenth-place in the 2017 CrossFit Open and second in the East regional. With the rise of Tia-Clair Toomey, Davidsdottir placed fifth at the 2017 CrossFit Games.
CrossFit Games 2018
Davidsdottir continued work on her weaknesses with her best CrossFit Open finish in 8th-place in 2018. After winning the East regional that year, she made her return to the CrossFit Games podium. Her third place finish followed Tia-Clair Toomey’s second championship and Rookie of the Year phenom Laura Horvath.
CrossFit Games 2019
In 2019, Katrin Davidsdottir embraced changes to the CrossFit Games changes. She placed 13th in the CrossFit Open, but also competed in new Sanctional events. She won CrossFit’s Fittest in Cape Town and took fourth at the Rogue Invitational. After nearly being cut, Davidsdottir made a late climb of the leaderboard to take fourth-overall.
Katrin Davidsdottir Book: Dottir
Following the 2019 CrossFit Games, Davidsdottir published her first book. Co-authored by Rory McKernan, Dottir was originally set for release at the 2017 CrossFit Games. The book details Davidsdottir’s journey to becoming a two-time champion.