Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir comes from Reykjavik, Iceland where she spent her childhood in competitive gymnastics. For 10 years, Davidsdottir spent every single day training in the gymnastics studio before starting a year of track and field but wasn’t good enough to go anywhere. With her grandmother and mother also urging her, Davidsdottir signed up for bootcamp and CrossFit classes at CrossFit BC Island.
Who was teaching her foundations class? None other than Annie Thorisdottir. They soon became friends and training partner.
“She has a gymnastics background, she is strong, but I think what separates her more than anyone else is her willingness to suffer,” Davidsdottir’s coach, Ben Bergeron said. “Not just her willingness but her want. She’s like a sled dog without a sled, they are sitting outside the huts just yelping and wanting to do work. When she’s not doing work, she’s not happy. And it’s not the way a lot of people do it, she doesn’t want to throw weights around. She wants to get her heart rate to 200 and hold it for 10 minutes. She wants to out-work people.”