“I do one year at a time. For me, I learned that especially after the back injury. One year at a time – you can’t predict what’s going to happen after that. So at the moment I am going to compete at the Games again, as an individual and I want to win the CrossFit Games.” – Annie Thorisottir
Known as “Iceland Annie,” Annie Thorisdottir is a two-time Fittest Woman on Earth (2011-2012) and seven-time Reebok CrossFit Games veteran. With a background of gymnastics, pole vaulting, and boot camp, Annie made her Games debut in 2009 at 19 years of age. With very little prior CrossFit experience, she learned the snatch during the competition and performed her first muscle-up during the last event. Despite this, her raw talent was apparent and she finished in the top 10 in five of eight events. Since then, Annie has been a staple in our sport and she is known to train hard and always compete with a smile. She has battled injuries including a severe back injury that kept her out of the 2013 CrossFit Games, and heat stroke that forced her to withdraw in 2015. She owns CrossFit Reykjavik in Reykjavik, Iceland where she lives and trains for the majority of the year.
Fred Aegidius is Annie’s long-time boyfriend and a two-time Reebok CrossFit Games athlete from Copenhagen, Denmark, competing in 2012 and 2013. He has a background in European Handball and American Football and holds an engineering degree in biotechnology from the Danish Technological University. He currently lives and trains with Annie in Reykjavik and is making another run at the individual CrossFit Games competition in 2017.
In this episode we discuss:
- Annie’s background in gymnastics and pole vaulting; Fred’s background in team sports
- Comparing team vs. individual sports
- Competition, nerves and finding a balance
- Annie and Fred’s relationship: how they met, dating, and living in Iceland, Denmark and the US
- Fred balancing engineering school with training; why they both value academics and constant learning
- Annie’s 2012 CrossFit Games season and her mental approach
- The different emotions of competing vs. coaching and watching from the sidelines
- How Annie and Fred have continued to evolve with each new year of competition
- Annie’s most difficult moment at the Games
- Managing being a competitor and supporter when competing at the Games together
- Why Annie and Fred love training and competing together
- What’s next for Annie and Fred
- Three things Annie and Fred do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
- One thing they both struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
- What a healthy life looks like to Annie and Fred
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