The 2021 CrossFit Games bronze medalist is changing divisions for the 2022 CrossFit season. The two-time Fittest Woman on Earth®, Annie Thorisdottir, will compete in the Teams division alongside Khan Porter, Lauren Fisher, and Tola Morakinyo on Team Reykjavik.
Thorisdottir shared the news of her division change in a post on her Instagram page on Jan 21, 2022. It was confirmed on subsequent Instagram posts by her new teammates. Porter, Fisher, and Morakinyo moved to Iceland to comply with the requirement that team members live within 100 miles of the affiliate they represent.
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Thorisdottir expressed her excitement in the caption of her new teammates’ Instagram posts:
So fired up for this!
Thorisdottir’s shift to the Teams division for the 2022 CrossFit season may come as a surprise given the caliber of her finishes at major contests in 2021. She stunned the functional fitness world at the 2021 CrossFit Games, where she stepped on the podium with a third-place overall finish after becoming a mom a year prior.
The Icelandic phenom gave reigning five-time Fittest Woman on Earth® Tia-Clair Toomey one of her most difficult challenges in recent memory. Toomey ultimately three-peated as Rogue Invitational champion in 2021, but Thorisdottir was atop the leaderboard heading into that competition’s final day. Thorisdottir held on to earn a runner-up finish.
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While 2022 will mark Thorisdottir’s debut in the Teams division, that is not the case for Morakinyo, Fisher, and Porter. All three of Morakinyo’s CrossFit Games appearances were in the Teams division. In 2017, he ranked 11th overall with Team Reebok CrossFit Back Bay. They improved two ranks in 2018. In 2019, as a member of Invictus Boston, he finished in 12th at the Games.
Fisher has two Teams appearances at the Games as a member of Invictus. They ranked 13th overall in 2015 and made their way to the podium via a bronze-medal finish in 2019. That same year, Porter made his Teams division debut on Project X to a 13th-place finish.
Thorisdottir did not share a reason for her move to the Teams division in her Instagram post. However, a multiple-time CrossFit Games champion swapping divisions and finding success isn’t unheard of. Four-time Fittest Man on Earth® Rich Froning moved into the Teams division in 2015 as the leader of Team CrossFit Mayhem Freedom and won gold at five of the six CrossFit Games since then.
We’ll see if Thorisdottir can find success similar to Froning in 2022. Judging from her competitive results in 2021 and the caliber of her teammates, a podium finish or even a win at the 2022 CrossFit Games is not out of the question.
Featured image: @anniethorisdottir on Instagram