Katrin Davidsdottir Shares Her Thoughts on 5th Place at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games

Katrin Davidsdottir has a pretty good comeback story. In 2012 and 2013, she came 2nd and 3rd in the European Regionals, respectively, and 30th and 24th in the Reebok CrossFit Games themselves.

But in 2014, she failed to qualify for the Games. She said in an interview,

Not making it (in 2014) affected me a lot, and I think that is a differentiator. I started working more closely with my coach, Ben Bergeron, and he not only got me the fittest that I’ve ever been, but he got my mental game to a whole other level.

The next year she shot to first place and won the Games, and in 2016 she became the second woman to repeat as champion.

This year she missed out on the podium, finishing in 5th place, and she published a statement on her Facebook last night about how her feelings regarding the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games.

You win .. or you learn.

I’m trying to wrap my head around this whole season. Mostly just the fact that it is over. This is certainly not the results we wanted but in a weird sense this might have been my favorite CrossFit Games so far .. we got to FIGHT & we got to LEARN so much more than any of the times we stood on top of the podium. Giving it everything we have, regardless of circumstances, is something Ben talks to me about alllllllll the time .. now we got to live it.

I’ve been on both sides of the story where at the end of it all my name is called & also when someone else’s is .. and that hurts. When I know we CAN win .. It hurts. We can still walk away with our head held high & no regrets. I feel like you can only regret something & it truly be a mistake if you don’t learn from it. If you learn, you win.

The competition is AHHMAZING, my competitors are absolutely incredible athletes & it is nothing at all to be ashamed of to be standing behind them at the end of it all. They really impress me. And they REALLY give me fire for this whole upcoming year

I can’t wait to be back .. 2018 is in trrrrrrouble hehe

You can read the full post below.

This kind of statement is exemplary of the sportsmanship and good will we’ve come to expect from Davidsdottir. We hope her training goes well and hey, it’s never too early to wish someone good luck for next year’s Games!

Featured image via @katrintanja on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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