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The 2011 and 2012 CrossFit Games women’s champion, Annie Thorisdottir, has returned to Individual CrossFit competition and is poised to make another run at becoming FIttest Women on Earth®. Thorisdottir spoke as a guest on the Talking Elite Fitness podcast, where she spoke about the 2023 season and the mental aspect of competition. Thorisdottir discussed overcoming self-doubt and finding ways to bet on herself.

“Daring to bet on myself and knowing, realizing what’s the worst thing that can happen? And knowing that it’s just worth that risk if that makes sense.”

The Instagram clip below was shared by Thorisdottir and the podcast’s account, highlighting those messages. Check it out:

Those who don’t compete may be inspired by the physiques and incredible fitness feats of the two-time Fittest Women on Earth®. Still, the Icelandic legend expressed that, like everyone else, her confidence may not always be there when it’s needed.

“We all have self-doubts and things that we struggle with, but it’s knowing that it’s just thoughts that come into our head. It doesn’t change anything.”

“Iceland Annie” has been competing at the CrossFit Games since she first qualified in 2009. She didn’t finish that year, but she came in second to champion Kristan Clever one year later.

After winning her two titles in 2011 and 2012, Thorisdottir missed the 2013 Games. She returned in 2014, placing second again to then-champion Camille Leblanc-Bazinet. Thorisdottir competed every year from 2015 to 2019. Her best result during that span was third-place in 2017 to six-time Fittest Woman on Earth® Tia-Clair Toomey.

Thorisdottir forewent the 2020 Games to become a mother but came back in 2021 to finish in third place again. She moved into the Teams division from the 2022 Games, finishing fourth overall with Team CrossFit Reykjavik. She is set to compete next in the 2023 Semifinals with a chance to qualify for the 2023 CrossFit Games, held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI, on Aug. 1-6, 2023.

The Talking Elite Fitness podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Castbox, Spotify, and the Talking Elite Fitness podcast YouTube channel.

Featured Image: @anniethorisdottir on Instagram

About Roger Lockridge

Roger “Rock” Lockridge has been writing professionally for 10 years and has been training for 20. His work in the fitness industry has been seen in numerous outlets and has been a part of coverage for several events including the Mr. Olympia, Arnold Classic, the CrossFit Games, and the Olympics. He’s also shared his own personal success story in several interviews and articles. Lockridge lives in West Virginia with his wife and son.

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