Katrin Davidsdottir, Brooke Wells, Amanda Barnhart Announce They’re Out of 2020 CrossFit Games

The three Games veterans will not be competing in Aromas.

While CrossFit HQ has a new CEO, many in the community are still unconvinced significant change has or will come to the company’s leadership and direction. According to new CEO Dave Castro, more needs to be addressed in order for the company to earn back trust from its global community. However, several prominent CrossFit Games athletes have made it clear his leadership change will not be enough to get their buy-in for this years competition.

Katrin Davidsdottir, Brooke Wells, and Amanda Barnhart have officially announced they’re out of this year’s competition. Annie Thorisdottir — who along with Davidsdottir is a 2-time Games Champion — voiced her support of the decision on Instagram, though Thorisdottir had previously announced she would not be competing due to her pregnancy. 

Update: Multi-time Games athlete Cole Sager has also announced he is withdrawing from this year’s Games. Dani Speegle has also said she is out of this year’s Games.

A Week of Controversy for CrossFit and Its Founder

In addition to Greg Glassman’s tweet about the death of George Floyd — which set off a firestorm online that made its way to mainstream news outlets — other communications from Glassman and HQ stirred controversy in the lead-up to his eventual retirement. That included a letter from Glassman to Rocket CrossFit leadership, as well as a Zoom call with affiliate owners where Glassman emphasized he was “not mourning for George Floyd.”

Davidsdottir’s post references something else as well: Former HQ employee Andy Stumpf released a podcast (embedded below) recounting what he saw as numerous instances of troubling behavior from Glassman, the founder of CrossFit.

Days before, prior to the announcement surrounding Glassman’s retirement, Games athletes Noah Ohlsen and Chandler Smith posted they were out. Ohlsen clarified that his participation was “contingent upon major changes being made.” 

Last weekend, Davidsdottir was one of the first prominent CrossFit athletes to voice her disapproval of Glassman’s tweet, and in the past week she’s been vocal with her thoughts surrounding recent developments at HQ. Her criticism called special attention to the fact that Glassman is still presumably the 100% owner of CrossFit and could therefore continue to exert his influence over the company. 

Featured image: @katrintanja on Instagram, original image from @bownmedia

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2 thoughts on “Katrin Davidsdottir, Brooke Wells, Amanda Barnhart Announce They’re Out of 2020 CrossFit Games”

  1. As a white person who grew up in the Marcy Projects in Bed Stuy Brooklyn I flat had friends from the start black and Spanish not many whites at all .I have seen shit as bad and worse than what this poor George Floyd was subjected to. My question is honestly where were all of you people talking now when 16 shots came out years ago or the other cases of murder by police that have national attention you celebrities and athletes were no where . Now you are pressured into speaking out .I will get my life everyone of you has said some things just like this guy but now you claim a moral high ground .This shit has happened to MY FRIENDS and I never! Stood for it this guy Glassmans comment is horrible but it’s his 1st amendment right when we lose that it’s over .and all of you that point the finger have said some shit before that you don’t want out there but you never got caught again what about the 1st amendment regardless how ignorant I would rather his horrible truthful you take people pretending to care for 5 minutes .You can say what you want but I have lived it for 51 years and still work in the projects in Brownsville Brooklyn home of you wou!s walk there during the dAy you know why because you are scared and you know why because you have prejudices just like Glassman so you know what take your political correctness( fake as it is ) and rethink your self riteousness

  2. People are such gullible sheep. They will buy into any and every public hysteria without having even the slightest evidence about what actually happened. Glassman knows things about this particular case that most people could not accept even if it were presented to them in stark detail.

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