Today is the first day of the Reykjavík CrossFit Championship, Iceland’s first international CrossFit sanctioned competition. 30 male and 30 female individual competitors were invited to compete—12 of which are Icelandic—and 10 teams.
The Championship starts with a run up Esja Mountain at noon today, the rest of the competition will be held this weekend at Laugardalshöll Arena and most events will be televised on RÚV. The whole competition will be live-streamed on the Reykjavik Crossfit Championship Facebook page here.
Those individuals who secure themselves the top spot at this CrossFit sanctioned competition in Reykjavík get the chance to compete at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin where the winner is crowned “Fittest on Earth”.
Sometimes, Icelandic people have a tendency to take trends a bit far. CrossFit started as a fitness trend in Iceland in 2008 and has, over the past decade, grown to become one of the most popular sports in the country. Several Icelandic athletes are professional CrossFit players and travel the world competing.
The title of “Fittest Woman on Earth” has been won by Icelandic women four times. The four titles are held by two women, Anníe Mist Þórisdóttir and Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir. Neither of the two are competing in the Reykjavík CrossFit Championships this weekend, but fans of the two need not despair.
This Saturday 4th May, Katrín and Anníe are going head to head in a special event titled DÓTTIR. The two are currently the 3rd and 5th fittest women on Earth, so the competition is sure to be fierce, as you can see in the hype video for the event below.
But that’s only the beginning of this weekend’s excitement as there are 12 other Icelandic athletes and six Icelandic teams ready to give their all to become the first winners of the Reykjavík CrossFit Championship. Here’s a list of the Icelanders competing as individuals.
Hinrik Ingi Óskarsson
In 2016, Hinrik won the Icelandic CrossFit Games but the Icelandic Association of CrossFit Affiliates stripped him of his title when he refused to undergo drug testing. He didn’t let that affect his training and is certainly one to watch in this competition.
Árni Björn Kristjánsson
Árni is one of the owners of the CrossFit XY gym in Garðabær. He started CrossFit in 2009 as a way to lose weight and has since competed in the CrossFit Games three times.
Haraldur started early, despite being only 21 years old he’s been training in CrossFit for five years. Young athletes like him make it clear that CrossFit will continue to thrive as a sport in Iceland for years to come.
Birkir Örn Jónsson
Another crossfitter who started the sport as a way to get in shape and now competes internationally.
Ingimar is another very young CrossFit athlete. Before the 21-year-old tried CrossFit for the first time in 2014, his sport of choice was tennis.
Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson
Björgvin Karl was one of the people who received a Wildcard invite to the Reykjavík CrossFit Championships. He has already qualified for the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games, which will make this year his sixth time competing in the Games.
Jakob Daníel Magnússon
Jakob is a Firefighter and EMT who trains and coaches at CrossFit hafnarfjörður.
Sólveig is a 23-year-old who trains at CrossFit Reykjavík. She started training when she returned to Iceland after spending a year as an exchange student in Spain.
Jóhanna Júlía Júlíusdóttir
This alliteratively-named championship contestant is a rising star on the Icelandic CrossFit scene. She won the Hleðsla Iceland Throwdown in 2017.
Sandra Hrönn Arnardóttir
Sandra is another promising young CrossFit athlete hoping to secure herself a place at the CrossFit Games. The 25-year-old has been doing CrossFit for 8 years.
A 25-year-old strength and conditioning coach from the town Hveragerði in South Iceland.
Þuríður Erla Helgadóttir
Þuríður was one of the people who received a Wildcard invite to the Reykjavík CrossFit Championships. She resides in Switzerland and has already qualified for the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games.
Aníta Líf Aradóttir
Aníta Líf is a full time gymnastics coach who has a BSc degree in Sports Science. Hopefully a scientific approach to sport will prove useful this weekend.