October 13, 2020
Sara Sigmundsdottir Shares Struggle With Injury
By Nicole Peyton
Sara Sigmundsdottir didn't have the season she was hoping for ... here's why.
Sara Sigmundsdottir didn't have the season she was hoping for ... here's why.

Iceland’s Sara Sigmundsdottir first showed up on the CrossFit Games scene in 2015 when she stood on the podium in third place overall behind future three-time Games champion Tia-Clair Toomey in second and eventual two-time Games champion Katrin Davidsdottir, a fellow countrywoman, in first. 

At the 2016 Games, the women’s podium looked exactly the same: Davidsdottir, Toomey, Sigmundsdottir. 

Sigmundsdottir followed that up with fourth at the 2017 Games, and it seemed she had only just begun to make her mark on the sport. Many assumed she was an eventual champion herself. 

But in 2018, Sigmundsdottir faced a few challenges. A stress fracture in her rib forced her to pull out of the Games, ending her 2018 season early.


Sometimes things are unfair and don´t go as planned☹️ _ I have never been as well prepared for the @CrossfitGames as I was this year but early on in the competition something happened and my ribs got really sore and bruised. I was in a bit of denial and decided to tough it out. In the "Marathon row" the pain went a way as soon as had hit 10 km, so I thought this couldn´t be that bad. Afterwards the pain got so much worse of course. I started Friday, still in denial, and after the "Clean and jerk ladder" pain killers had become my best friend. I decided to keep on pushing today regardless of all the alarm bells but once I started warming up for events 9 and 10 the pain had become so bad that I could not bend over to do a snatch or complete a muscle up on the bar. _ It is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my life but I have decided to withdraw from the competition due to a stress fracture injury on my rib. _ This desicion is made after a consultation with my coach and doctors. There was only one decision to be made, and as much as I hate the fact that I am not going to finish this competition I know that this is the only right way to proceed. _ I will give a better and more detailed explanation on all of this when I know more but one thing is for sure. I´ll be back!!! _ Love, Sara ❤️

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The next year, her weekend was cut short when she was one of the many big-name athletes who was cut early from the competition, which started with the largest and most diverse field we'd ever seen, but also featured the most cuts, dwindling the field down to 10 men and 10 women by Saturday afternoon. 


“You can’t always get what you want.” ⁣⁣ ⁣- The Rolling Stones ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣Another year added to my story. Disappointment is an understatement.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣I have never been in as good shape as I was before the Games but unfortunately I did not perform as well as I could have. That is 100% on me. Whatever else went on out there is beyond my control.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣I am a person that loves challenges and I have been chasing this “Fittest on Earth” dream because I know that I can achieve it. It will take more than a few format changes to stop me on that journey.⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Now a little bit of off season and fun with friends until the action starts again.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣Thank you all for the kind messages, love and support ❤️

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In 2020, the finals will be missing a prominent Dottir on the leaderboard. At the close of Stage 1, an online competition that took place in affiliates around the world, Sigmundsdottir landed in 21st place, well outside of qualification for the finals, which will take place in Aromas, California, beginning Oct. 23. 

Expectations were high for Sigmundsdottir as the competition got underway, but she failed to finish inside the top 10 in all but one event. Talk of her potential echoed among commentators Sean Woodland and Annie Sakamoto on The Road to the Ranch show, but it seemed as though Sigmundsdottir was just not up for the task this year. 

Not long after the close of Stage 1, Sigmundsdottir addressed her performance in this post, offering up no excuses but admitting the outcome was not what she had hoped. 


Keeping it Honest and Real: Part 1⁣ ⁣ All of us who are chasing the Crossfit dream are dealing with some nags, soreness, stiffness and inflammation. It’s all a part of being an athlete and pushing yourself to the limit. We signed up for this and it is up to ourselves, and our team, to determine if we are fit to compete or not. Therefore, I will not offer any excuses for my performance at the @crossfitgames but I will admit it was way below the standards that I have set for myself.⁣ ⁣ I came up short and that is on me. You girls who finished in the top 5 earned it and I can't wait to watch you crush it in 2 weeks. ⁣ ⁣ More in Part 2 …⁣

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She followed that post up with another post in which she revealed the details of a box jump injury that left her with 12 stitches, a gnarly infection, and a cortisol imbalance. 


Keeping it Honest and Real: Part 2⁣ ⁣ I have been dealing with an issue that originated in one clumsy box jump in May, where I split my shin wide open and ended up in the emergency room with 12 stitches 🙆🏼‍♀‍⁣ ⁣ This was just few weeks before the @rogueinvitational, so I was in a race against time and allowed a shorter time than I should have to let the wound heal. 8 weeks later, after the wound had totally closed, an infection emerged. The swelling progressed rapidly and within hours it looked like I had a second knee on my left leg. Again I had to rush to the emergency room, this time for a minimal surgery which was followed by a cycle of strong antibiotics. ⁣ ⁣ Once I was passed fit to start training again, I just moved on and did not really think back on this. I never really made the connection between this and the discomfort I was experiencing until my nutrition coach pointed out that I might have developed a cortisol issue as a result of the infection. As he described all the symptoms of “adrenal insufficiency” I felt like he was describing my current life. ⁣ ⁣ A little too late I underwent a cortisol test and on this past Monday I finally received a firm diagnosis confirming that my cortisol levels were way too low. It is a huge relief to have these results and thankful to have figured out one of the reasons why I have not been fully myself in recent months. ⁣ ⁣ Continued in Part 3 …

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Sigmundsdottir expressed much gratitude for her supporters and fans and even offered some insight into what the future holds for her. It’s safe to say she’ll be back, and I know we all look forward to the day Sigmundsdottir brings her big smile and positive attitude onto the competition floor again. 


Keeping it Honest and Real: Part 3⁣ ⁣ I will admit it is hard to start off season on the back of recent events but I now have a path forward. I am going to embrace the challenge and take the time I need to fully recover and calculate my next moves while spending time with my people, and of course spoiling Moli A LOT🐶⁣ ⁣ School has started again so a part of my focus is now back on my studies. I am also actively conversing with pioneers in their field on topics such as the mental side of being a competitive athlete, modifications to my nutrition and how to set up training for the next season. I feel good about this process and come February when the new season starts my promise to myself is to be fully recharged, lazer focused and ready to rock.⁣ ⁣ To finish this off I want to say how grateful I am for my supporters, my team and my closest circle. I may be competing as an individual but none of this would work if I did not have you with me and believing in me. In recent days I have been reading through the messages and letters I have received and my heart has melted over and over again. I struggle to find the words to explain how much this means to me and how much this reinforces my will to come back stronger. ⁣ ⁣ From the bottom of my heart - thank you❤️

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