The Profile Behind Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir
CrossFit is as much a mental challenge as it is physical, and nobody knows this better than the lady featured in this article, namely Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir. Every year presents a new set of challenges along with new hungry competitors, ready to claw their way to the top. But for 2016, the champion remains in her place.
Yes, she did it again. Katrín, female winner of the 2016 CrossFit games, managed to retain her title of the World’s Fittest Woman. And she’s already looking forward to next year. The girl with the rather infectious smile has proven that if you keep on fighting you’ll come out victorious. It’s just a matter of coming back smarter, faster and stronger.
Some Background on Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir
She hails from Iceland, a country that is known for producing some of the strongest CrossFit contestants in the world. Born on 10 May, 1993, Katrín first got into competitive gymnastics as a child. For 10 years she honed her skills in this challenging athletic field before moving onto track and field. After spending about a year in the latter sporting area, she found CrossFit.
“I needed something challenging and I found it.”
With a reputation for being incredibly disciplined in her training regime, Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir was the perfect candidate for whatever CrossFit could throw at her. And even though it wasn’t an easy start, she has made a habit of rising to the occasion. She’s the second woman to be crowned champion twice, following in the tracks of Anníe Mist Þórisdóttir (also from Iceland). Can she establish a new record in 2017 for being crowned champion the third time?
A Career Recap
At 5 ft 6.5 inches and 152 pounds, the young Katrín entered the 2012 Europe regionals where she finished in 2nd place. For a newbie this was quite an achievement, and a clear sign that she would be a force to be reckoned with. At the 2012 Games she finished 30th. Although she didn’t finish in the top 10, she made everyone aware of her presence. Everybody also knew that she’d be coming back the next year.
In 2013 she clinched the 3rd spot at the regionals and 24th at the Games. Katrín was definitely moving up in the CrossFit world, but in 2014 she struggled a little too much. After finishing 6th at the regionals, she just missed the spot for the Games. Instead of losing her passion, she went back to the drawing board with her coach Ben Bergeron. It was event 5 (rope climbs and sprints) that had cost her the qualifying spot, but it was also a motivator to expand her training program.
In 2015 she entered the Meridian regionals and finished in second position, cementing her place at the Games. According to Katrín she’s a perfectionist, and she proved this by finishing first on the podium and winning her first CrossFit games. Everybody knew it was simply a matter of time before she took the winning slot. But nobody really expected she would do it so quickly in her career, especially after her 2014 performance. The best part is that luck had nothing to do with her winning, because she repeated her success this year.
The 2016 Games is regarded as the toughest year thus far and probably the most memorable. It’s also and indication that 2017 will only be more intense. Katrín anticipated the stronger competition, so she had to step up her game if she wanted to retain her title. She didn’t want to repeat her 2014 mistake, which is why she focused a lot on upper-body strength and overall fitness in preparation for 2016. With competitors like Samantha Briggs, Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdóttir and Tia-Clair Toomey breathing down her neck, the Games ensured a nail-biting competition right till the end.
Katrín is preparing for 2017 at New England CrossFitt (USA) with her coach, a guy she’s praised for keeping her mentally balanced and incredibly focused. Her plan is to stick to doing what she does best, maintaining discipline and giving 200% at all times.
Some Interesting Stats
Clean and Jerk: 98 kg (216 lb)
Snatch: 91.6 kg (202 lb)
Deadlift: 140 kg (310 lb)
Backsquat: 115 kg (254 lb)
Fight Gone Bad: 454
Sprint 400m: 1:05