2 – Annie Thorisdottir
Everything about Annie Thorisdottir presence at the CrossFit Games this year is a highlight of the competition.
While the Icelandic athlete’s battle for third place was more than epic, there were so many more memorable moments throughout the competition that made Annie the star, especially considering the context of her CrossFit Games appearance this year.
She did not only give birth a year ago, but has also been incredibly open about her struggles with post-partum depression and body dysmorphia throughout the season.
“I wasn’t even planning on being here, I didn’t even think I could compete, and I podiumed,” Annie said in tears at the end of her last event. “I have probably had one of the hardest years of my life, but I’ve also had one of the best years of my life at the same time.”
Before that, Annie and Tia-Clair Toomey were the last two woman standing during Event 12, the 1-rep-max snatch. Annie’s facial expressions kept getting wilder and wilder with every lift she hit, seemingly unable to believe what she’d just done.
It was incredible watching her leave it all on the floor, enjoy the event like no one else, and be genuinely proud of what she had just accomplished.
To the delight of the crowd, Annie also secured an event win during Event 14 which involved freestanding handstand push-ups and heavy deadlifts.
Annie Thorisdottir is a former two-time CrossFit Games champion and the only woman to ever competed in three different decades at the Games. She has now accumulated six CrossFit Games medals.
Her journey to third place was so incredible, we dedicated an article to it, read it here.