Two-time Games champion Annie Thorisdottir has withdrawn from the 2015 CrossFit Games on the final day of competition.
The 2011 and 2012 winner suffered heat stroke on Day 2 while attempting to complete the gruelling Hero workout Murph in the hot Californian Sun. Thorisdottir was visibly struggling towards the of the of event and even failed to cross the finish line. Despite being severely depleted on Saturday morning, Thorisdottir battled on to complete yesterday’s four events but failed to have an impact, finishing outside the top 15 in all of them.
Andrew Martin, who is part of Thorisdottir’s medical team and helped her overcome a back injury which forced her to take a year off the sport in 2013, broke the news (video above) on the morning of the final day of competition.
“On Friday Annie suffered some very strong heat stroke as a result of Murph. We were able to run some tests at the CrossFit facilities which did indicate some potential kidney issues and also showed how severely dehydrated she was requiring two and a half litres via IV to try to rehydrate her,” he said.
“Annie being Annie, on Saturday she really wanted to push it and has been determined to ignore the heat stroke essentially and just fight through it.”
Martin admitted it wasn’t an easy call to pull her from this year’s competition, especially on the final day.
“She’s not working anywhere close to her full capacity,” he said. “Today there’s still no signs of her improving and as a team we’ve had to make the tough decision to pull her from the Games to allow her to recover properly from the heat stroke.”
Thorisdottir joins a growing list of athletes to withdraw from this year’s competition, including Chad Mackay, Neal Maddox and Joe Scali.
More to come…