The Reykjavik CrossFit Championships kick off this Friday, the 5th of May. We’re tracking many stories from this event which have potential for exciting developments. Reykjavik has broken from the mold of previous Sanctional events. They’ve invited wildcard athletes. Social media posts hint at the release of a secret Dottir event. Iceland itself has a gorgeous landscape with unlimited potentials for fitness challenges.
Let’s see what this Sanctional has up its sleeve.
Esjan – A CrossFit Mountain Run
The Reykjavik CrossFit Championship released the first workout on April 11th. It notes something extraordinary. Day one will start on Mount Esjan, about six miles north of Reykjavik.
This 3000-foot mountain range towers over the city of Reykjavik. It is a former active volcano and provides a picturesque backdrop for the first event. The most commonly-used summit loop trail is 4.29 miles, climbing 2441 feet.
The workout announcement states this will be a race to the summit. Athletes climb the entire mountain in a little over two miles. Reykjavik’s post adds a disclaimer:
“The weather can shift quickly and there is no way to predict if it will be hot, freezing, sunny, cloudy, windy, calm, dry, rainy, snowy or all of the above.”
Reykjavik CrossFit “Dottir” Event
This was alluded to by a teaser post on April 10th. Reykjavik made a formal announcement about their “Dottir” event today:
“A few weeks back we announced that there would be a special event at the RCC named “DÓTTIR” but we didn´t tell you anything else🤐
Now it is a real pleasure to tell you all that the “DÓTTIR” event involves 2x Fittest Woman on Earth Annie Thorisdottir going head to head with 2x Fittest Woman on Earth Katrin Davidsdottir on the competition floor 🇮🇸”
Thorisdottir and Sigmundsdottir are part of a three-way tie. They, along with Tia-Clair Toomey, each have two consecutive CrossFit Games titles. This is two of CrossFit’s greatest three athletes going head-to-head.
Reykjavik CrossFit Wildcards
We’ve seen Sanctionals go one of two ways. Some operate as an invitational with a small qualifier (see: Rogue Invitational). Others act as a qualifier, using online submissions to build a global leaderboard. Reykjavik has done both. They’ve held an online qualifier for top athletes, then sent “wildcard” invites out. So far, eight of those athletes have accepted
Male Reykjavik CrossFit Wildcards
Long-time Regionals athletes. Went to the games in 2014 as an individual and 2012 on team Usine CrossFit Ottawa.
Three-time CrossFit Games individual athlete. Took 21st in 2016, 18th in 2017, and 17th in 2018.
Brother to 2015 CrossFit Games champion Ben Smith. Alec has also been successful as a professional athlete. He attended the games in 2017 and 2018, placing as high as 25th.
The first athlete from Russia to qualify for the CrossFit Games. Was unable to attend in 2018 due to passport/political issues between the US and Russia.
Tenured Games athlete, reaching the podium with a third-place finish in 2015. Gudmundsson has been to the CrossFit Games five times. He’s only placed outside the top eight once. BK placed second in the world in the 2019 CrossFit Open and took home the title of Fittest in Iceland.
Female Reykjavik CrossFit Wildcards
Emelye Dwyer ‘Woo’
One-time regionals athlete. Jumped all the way to 43rd in the 2019 CrossFit Open.
Was fittest 16-17 in 2018, second-fittest 16-17 in 2017, and second-fittest 14-15 in 2016. Placed 32nd in the 2019 CrossFit Open.
Has gone to the games four times, placing as high as 18th in 2017. Placed 36th in the 2019 CrossFit Open.
As if the list of wildcards wasn’t enough, many top athletes qualified without an invite.
Has already made it to the games through a 14th-place finish in the worldwide Open. Streat placed 14th in the 2017 CrossFit Games.
An unfortunate series of events took Heppner away from competition in 2017 and 2018. He’s back in 2019 with a vengeance. Heppner already has three CrossFit Games under his belt. He placed third in the CrossFit Open and already has a ticket to the 2019 CrossFit Games.
Placed fourth in the worldwide Open. Theofandis the Greek national champion. He has never made it out of the Regionals round, but looks like a different competitor this year.
Justin ‘Just’ Swart
May be a name you haven’t heard before. This South African placed 273rd in the CrossFit Open in 2019. His only Games experience came in 2018 when his team (Cape CrossFit) took 20th.
Dani appears to have no quit in her. This will be her fifth Sanctional event and she hasn’t placed worse than fifth this year. Including a fifth-overall finish in the 2019 CrossFit Open. Speegle was a relatively unknown Regionals athlete before the new Sanctional system. Since then, she’s been everywhere and dominated damn near everything.