The two time CrossFit Games Champion, Annie Thorisdottir has just announced she is withdrawing from the 2013 CrossFit Games. The 22-year-old Icelandic native made the announcement in a video from CrossFit Reykjavik just hours ago.
As she stated:
“As many of you know I’ve been dealing with an injury. I injured my back, back in November when I got a bulged out disk in my lower back. And I got back on track… Or I thought I did. And then I kinda of re injured it again in the middle of the Open.
And of course the plan was to be ready and compete at the Games this year… But it doesn’t look like I’m gonna be able to. And this was something that I don’t really wanna rush to much because I actually wanted to heal up perfectly this time… I’ve decided to listen to my body and listen to my doctors advice and not push through it.
And I have my head already set on being there 2014 and hopefully then getting my title back then.”
Despite Thorisdottir’s injury she was a favorite heading into the 2013 Games. Many believed she was unbeatable and was an almost certainty to secure a third straight CrossFit Games title.
With Thorisdottir out with injury, last years runner up Julie Foucher taking the season off, and former Games Champion and last year’s fourth place finisher, Kristan Clever heading into the Games with an injury herself, the 2013 CrossFit Games is now wide open.
You can watch Thorisdottir’s full statement in the video below.