Annie Thorisdottir has officially declined her invite to compete at the 2020 CrossFit Games, CrossFit HQ announced yesterday.
Only three weeks ago her partner, Frederik Aegidius, and her announced they’re are expecting a baby.
It seems like August 5th is the due date for the happy CrossFit power couple – right after the finish of the 2020 CrossFit Games, which run between July 29 and August 2.
The two-times Fittest Woman on Earth (2011-2012) finished the 2020 CrossFit Open ranked second worldwide and was the first athlete within the Top 20 to qualify to the CrossFit Games.
Sara Sigmundsdottir, who finished first, is also Iceland’s National Champion and therefore is not within the Top 20.
“Thorisdottir’s spot will pass to Maddie Sturt, who sits next in line for an invite as a result of placement in the 2020 CrossFit Open,” wrote CrossFit HQ in a press release.
Madeline Sturt will be making her fifth trip to the CrossFit Games. The 23-year-old athlete has competed on the big stage every year since 2016.
She finished the 2020 Open ranked 38th worldwide. With three athletes in the Top 20 declining their invites to compete on teams, the line of athletes invited through the Open fell just above Maddie. With Annie declining her invite, a spot was open for the Australian athlete, who will no longer have to try to qualify to the Games through a Sanctional.
Annie is a ten-year CrossFit Games athlete and 11-time CrossFit Games qualifier, counting this year. With the exception of 2013, Iceland Annie as she’s sometimes called, has competed in every CrossFit Games since 2009, and stacks up five podium finishes.
She’ll be missed on the competition floor and we wish her all the best in this new adventure – and look forward to seeing her back.