The CrossFit Games have crowned their female champion: Tanya Wagner of Pennsylvania, who finished second in last year's Games.
The theme of this year's games was "Unknown and Unknowable," and Annie Thorisdottir from Iceland certainly provided the unknown element. After two months of CrossFit training, the 19-year-old emerged as the only competitor with a chance to wrest to overall title away from Wagner in the final WOD:
15 barbells cleans (100 lb.)
30 toes to bar
30 box jumps (20 inches)
30 push presses (25)
15 thrusters (95)
Overhead walking lunges (25)
But could Thorisdottir do muscle-ups?
After the final WOD was announced, CrossFit Director of Training Nicole Carroll was teaching Thorisdottir how to perform the movement in the warm-up area. Thorisdottir is a phenomenal athlete, but no one knew if she could get 10 muscle-ups during the WOD.
It turned out she could get a muscle-up--but only one. The crowd roared as she struggled through it, but the teen could go no further than that.
"It felt great," she said of doing her first muscle-up mere hours after being taught the movement. "I thought I would be able to do nine more."
Mist vowed that she would head back to the gym and learn the movement immediately.
Wagner had difficulty on the muscle-ups but finished nonetheless, completing the rest of the WOD in 29:34.4 and claiming the overall title with a consistent performance across the board. All told, Wagner only finished out of the top 10 in one event, proving she is truly the master of all 10 CrossFit fitness domains.
"This is a dream," Wagner said. "Last year was so awesome, but it was a different feeling than it is this year. This year is just awesome."
"I hate going into something being first. I hate that. I like to catch up. So it's just fun to know that I was able to hold on to that. You don't even know. From workout two and three today, beforehand I (didn't think) there was any way I was getting through either one of them. I'm just so happy!"
Charity Vale, who finished the WOD in a brilliant 18:24, finished second, and Carey Kepler was third.
Wagner's overall performance:
WOD 1: 11th
WOD 2: 6th
WOD 3: 8th
WOD 4: 9th
WOD 5: 5th
WOD 6: 2nd
WOD 7: 6th
WOD 8: 7th