Iceland Sven Attacks the Sandbag Sprint

September 9, 2009 3:00 PM

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Games09IcelandSvenSandbag.jpgHeat number 10 of the sandbag sprint provided an epic show for the spectators with the top three times of the day. This catapulted the three of them into the top 8 overall.

Prior to the games, Sveinbjorn Sveinbjornsson had little to no experience with the more technical movements in the CrossFit protocol. However, his performance in the sandbag sprint, which jumped him 14 spots from 20th after the deadlift to the top 6, was a testament to his extremely high level of GPP. "Iceland Sven" set the bar high with the fastest time of the day at (1:01)! Spencer Hendel, who entered the event one spot ahead of Sven, and DJ Wickam offered no breathing room for the Icelander, with both athletes finishing within 3 seconds of him (1:03.4 and 1:04.9 for Hendel and Wickham, respectively). There was a consensus among many of the athletes that this event was far and away the most brutal. But, as they say in Iceland,"gera láta ekki á sér kræla huggast!"

Iceland Sven's top sandbag sprint video ... [wmv] [mov]

3 comments on this entry.

1. Blair wrote...

September 9, 2009 6:57 PM

Thats the first time Ive seen the race since my quads seized up. Definitely the most difficult and intense event of the games. fyi, the underscore b on my chest was for BalanceFitness in Wash DC. Castro could never get that out in introductions. He'll be happy to know that they are soon to become an affiliate. I'm in Europe, will train w some great athletes in some great places including Sven and Micco. If you want to follow along there are already some workouts posted at Thanks again to the entire crossfit community

2. gaucoin wrote...

September 9, 2009 7:34 PM

These videos are so awesome. You can actually see a crew from CrossFit Calgary screaming at DJ in the picture!

3. billy wrote...

September 11, 2009 2:48 PM

That was the most exciting wod to watch for sure. Can't wait til next year. Need to get a new dj though...