Annie Thorisdottir displayed her competitive nature and penchant for
meeting challenges at a very early age. As a teen, she distinguished
herself as a gymnast by earning a spot on Iceland’s national team,
but quit to concentrate on school. Later, she took up pole vaulting,
and became Iceland’s national champion.
Thorisdottir became a regular in boot-camp fitness circles, even teaching
the discipline, and entered fitness competitions frequently. In 2009, she
won a local CrossFit competition, despite having no prior experience with
the movements. The win qualified her for a wildcard spot at the 2009
CrossFit Games in Aromas, California just two months later. With virtually
no experience, she came within striking distance of the podium on the
final day, but was ultimately undone by the muscle up event.
The setback ignited her competitive spirit, and she began focusing exclusively
on CrossFit. The next year, she placed second at the CrossFit Games, announcing
her presence as a true force to be reckoned with. She followed up in 2011 and
2012 with wins, making her the first back-to-back champion in the women’s division.
Unfortunately, Thorisdottir would not three-peat. A major back injury during
training forced her to withdraw from the 2013 competition. She returned to
take second place in 2014. However, heat stroke on the final day of competition
in 2015 halted her efforts to reclaim the top spot, and the mental fallout
from the medical emergency hindered her throughout 2016. Even so, she remains
a force in the sport, most recently notching third place in the 2021 Games.
Away from the gym and competition, she enjoys epic adventure films such as the Lord
of the Rings and Marvel Cinematic Universe series. She’s the mother of one daughter,
Freya, and married to fellow CrossFit Games athlete Frederik Aegidius. She also
co-owns CrossFit Reykjavik.