CrossFit Games Update: Sara Sigmundsdottir Is Moving to California

The five weeks of the 2017 CrossFit Open won’t begin until February 26, but Games season is (basically) fully in swing, with athletes around the globe dialing in their training, nutrition, and coaching.

The CrossFit Games Update Show, an official news channel from CrossFit HQ, is delivering updates thick and fast, and just broke the news that Sara Sigmundsdottir is changing regions this year. She’s packing her bags and heading to Oceanside, the third largest city in San Diego County, California.

“I have wanted this for a very long time, since I was probably 15 years old — that is, to move somewhere from Iceland,” Sigmundsdottir told Sean Woodland. “I took the decision in December to not move, but going to train in the States until the Games. I’m going to move to my aunt’s in Oceanside, California, so I’m changing regions this year.”

When asked why she would leave Iceland, the 24-year-old said that she started thinking about a move more seriously while training in Dubai for the 2016 Dubai Fitness Championship.

“It was so much fun, I had training partners every day, just the weather and everything, and didn’t want to go back to Iceland, and I thought ‘OK, where can I get training in and where can I get 100 percent focus for the Games?'” she said. “And California was the first thing that came to my mind. So, I just made it happen!”

Sigmundsdottir placed third at the last two Reebok CrossFit Games and confirmed that she’ll be starting the Open with a first workout at CrossFit Mayhem, but she faces some very stiff competition if she is to change regions. Last year’s Regional placing in California had Lauren Fisher in first place, followed by Rebecca Voigt, Alessandra Pichelli, and Chyna Cho — all multi-time Games athletes.

Still looking for the right coach (or coaches), Sigmundsdottir stated that the most important part of her training this year will be her mental game, and she’s been spending a lot of time working on her focus and the why behind her desire to win the Games.

What she’s most excited about? Being able to surf between WODs.

We wish the best of luck to Sigmundsdottir with the move — and with all the new competition.

Featured image via @sarasigmunds on Instagram.

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