Katrin Davidsdottir’s History of Games Success as She Prepares for 10th Appearance

July 11, 20234 min read

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Yesterday we posted “A Decade of Consecutive Games Qualifications” chronicling the careers of Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson, Cole Sager and Noah Ohlsen as they make their tenth consecutive trip to the Games this month.

Katrin Davidsdottir NA West Semifinals

Alongside these men, Katrin Davidsdottir became the fourth woman in CrossFit women’s history to record ten qualifications to the Games this year joining Annie Thorisdottir (12), Rebecca Voigt Miller (10), and Kara Saunders (10).

History of Competition Finishes

2016 Womens Podium

Katrin has competed in 39 competitions in her 12 year career.

YearOpenRegionalsCrossFit Games
202114th47th / 3rd10th
2022138th55th / 6th*
202395th67th / 2ndTBD

*Katrin placed 3rd at the 2022 Last Chance Qualifier following her 6th place finish at the Strength in Depth Semifinal.

Sanctional/Off-Season CompYearFinish
Fittest in Cape Town20191st
The Rogue Invitational20194th
The Rogue Invitational202013th
The Rogue Invitational202115th

In 12 CrossFit Opens, Katrin has averaged an overall finish of 42.4 with only two of those Open finishes being outside of the top-100 (2014 and 2022).

The CrossFit Games

2015 Womens Podium
Best Finish1st (2)
Worst Finish30th
Top 10 Finishes7
Average Finish8.9

Katrin has finished in each place in the top five, as well as twice below 20th place. Disregarding her first two trips to the Games, her average finish is 3.7.

CrossFit Games Top-10 Finishes

Katrin Davidsdottir Games 2016 1

If Katrin earns another top-10 finish overall at the Games, we’d expect to see six or seven event finishes in 10th or better with the majority of them being fifth or better.

CrossFit Games Event Top 3s

Katrin Davidsdottir Games 2020
Pedal to the Metal 2 (2015)Snatch Speed Ladder (2015)Cyclocross (2017)
Double DT (2016)Heavy DT (2015)Crit (2018)
Handstand Walk (2016)Murph (2016)The Battleground (2018)
The Plow (2016)The Separator (2016)Two-Stroke Pull (2018)
Strongman’s Fear (2017)Bicouplet 2 (2018)Aeneas (2018)
2223 Intervals (2017)Corn Sack Sprint* (2020)Split Triplet (2019)
Fibonacci (2018)Toes-to-Bar/Lunge* (2020)Snatch Speed Triple* (2020)
Chaos (2018)Atalanta* (2020)Happy Star* (2020)
Ringer 1 (2019)Swim ‘n’ Stuff* (2020)
Ringer 2 (2019)Sprint Sled Sprint* (2020)
Nasty Nancy (2020)
Handstand Hold* (2020)
Ranch Trail Loop* (2020)

All of Katrin’s top-three finishes came in the years following her first Games miss in 2014. With zero top-three finishes in 2021, we will have to wait and see if her failure to qualify for the Games in 2022 will be enough motivation to catapult her back into the fight for the top.

*Note that in the events from 2020 with an asterisks next to them that only five athletes were in the field.

A History of Individual Performance 

Katrin Davidsdottir Games 2013

Total Events Competed In – 298

Total Wins – 35

Top 10 Finish Rate – 53.0%

Ordered Modality Proficiency – M, W, G

Best Single Modality – M

Best Couplet – MG

Best Triplet – GGM

Best Event # of a Competition – Second to last event

Best Weightlifting Equipment – Kettlebell/Dumbbell

Worst Weightlifting Equipment – Barbell

*M= Monostructural, W= Weightlifting, G= Gymnastics

Will History Repeat Itself?

Katrin Davidsdottir Games 2016

Katrin solidified herself in CrossFit Games history back in 2015 with her first CrossFit Games win and again in 2016 with her second win. Everything she’s done since then has demonstrated her dedication to chase excellence, to overcome setbacks, to put her head down and work. After all, her ten Games appearances aren’t consecutive.

Katrin failed to qualify in 2014 then placed 2nd in 2015 Regionals and went on to win back-to-back CrossFit Games Championships. Fast forward to present day, she failed to qualify in 2022 then placed 2nd in 2023 North America West Semifinals. Which begs the question: could we see a repeat of the 2015 Games Katrin?

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Barclay Dale

A rising analyst in the CrossFit space, Barclay seeks to find data-driven answers to questions that athletes may not consider asking. He's passionate about spreading the CrossFit methodology and growing the sport through insights and analysis of athlete performance to increase the understanding and accessibility of CrossFit. Barclay started CrossFit in 2020 at CrossFit Gambit to complement his training as a collegiate swimmer. In 2022, he received his L1 and currently coaches at CrossFit Levo. Image Credit: @drawyourdagger


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  • Bob Marinaro

    July 11, 2023 / at 10:34 pm

    Interesting choice to include top 3 finishes at the 2020 games stage 2, where there were only 5 competitors. That skews things a little, don’t you think? That’s aKim to a top 24 finish in a Field of 40 if you keep the percentages the same. I know they had to succeed in Stage 1 to even get there but top 3 of 5 is not the same when there is nobody to “middle” them.

    • Brian

      July 13, 2023 / at 6:32 pm

      Great point, we’ve added a note identifying those circumstances.

  • Matthew Bowen

    July 12, 2023 / at 2:06 am

    I know what you meant but for newer readers, stating what “M”, “W”, and “G” mean somewhere in the article will make the History of Individual Performance make more sense. Love the article as a whole!

    • Brian

      July 13, 2023 / at 6:32 pm

      Appreciate that, added a note to inform.

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