Katrin Davidsdottir Will Be the First CrossFit Athlete Featured in ESPN’s “Body Issue”

Two-time CrossFit Games champion Katrin Davidsdottir joins the 21 athlete roster in this year's issue.

On September 6, the 11-edition of ESPN’s “Body Issue” will hit the stands, and this year, one of the athletes featured is two-time CrossFit Games champion Katrin Davidsdottir. There will also be an online version available on September 4th.

Davidsdottir, who was crowned Fittest on Earth in 2015 and 2016, will be one of the 21 athletes featured in this year’s edition. While she hasn’t posted anything on social media about it yet, the full roster was released by ESPN earlier this week, and other athletes in this issue have began sharing images from the shoot.

Like most years, ESPN’s “Body Issue” features a variety of athletes from different sports. This year, Davidsdottir is joined by a line-up of several other strong women like 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, Kelley O’Hara, surfer Lakey Peterson, WNBA player, Liz Cambage, mixed martial arts star Amanda Nunes, and more.

While there have been a variety of athletes featured over the past 10 years, this is the first time that a CrossFit athlete has been featured in ESPN’s Body Issue. 

The first issue debuted in 2009, and in April, Fortune.com reported that this year will be the final print edition of ESPN’s “Body Issue.”

Check out the 21 athletes featured below:

  • Katrín Davíðsdóttir (CrossFit)
  • Brooks Koepka (Golf)
  • Christian Yelich (Baseball)
  • Chris Paul (Basketball)
  • Liz Cambage (Basketball)
  • Nancy Lieberman (Basketball)
  • Katelyn Ohashi (Gymnastics)
  • Evander Kane (Hockey)
  • James Hinchcliffe (Racing)
  • Alex Honnold (Rock Climbing)
  • Kelley O’Hara (Soccer)
  • Lakey Peterson (Surfing)
  • Scout Bassett (Track & Field)
  • Amanda Nunes (UFC)
  • Myles Garrett (Football)
  • Michael Thomas (Football)
  • Brandon Brooks (Football)
  • Lane Johnson (Football)
  • Jason Kelce (Football)
  • Issac Seumalo (Football)
  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Football)

Davidsdottir is the first CrossFit athlete in ESPN’s Body Issue, but she isn’t the first CrossFit athlete to be featured in major magazine spreads. Annie Thorisdottir, another two-time CrossFit Games champion, was featured in Vogue in 2014, and this month, four-time CrossFit Games champion and reigning Fittest Man on Earth Mat Fraser was the cover model for Men’s Health.

We hope that this is just the beginning of strength athletes featured in ESPN’s “Body Issue,” and we can hardly wait for September 4th when the issue goes up online.

Featured image from @katrintanja Instagram page.

Celia Balf

Celia Balf

Celia is a Staff News Writer at BarBend. At the BarBend office, you can find Celia writing news stories covering the largest strength sport competitions in the world, in-depth features with world record-holders, big lifts, and everything in-between. Celia also orchestrates and helps create content for the BarBend social media pages. She is a former Division 1 soccer player turned content producer and sports journalist.

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