Hinrik Óskarsson is set to make his return to competition for the 2024 CrossFit Games season. It will be the first time since 2019 that Óskarsson will be registered for the CrossFit Open following two separate violations of CrossFit’s drug policy.
For those unfamiliar with Óskarsson, the Icelandic athlete competed on the CrossFit Reyjavak – Virtuosity team that finished 29th at the 2015 CrossFit Games. The following year he qualified for Regionals and finished 38th in the Meridian Regional.
Later that year is when things get interested. In November 2016, Óskarsson won the Nike Iceland Throwdown. Bergur Sverrisson took 2nd place. However, both athletes refused to provide samples for a drug test. As a result Óskarsson and Sverrisson were prohibited from all CrossFit competitions held by the Icelandic CrossFit Association (CFSI) for two years. Additionally, both were banned from all CrossFit affiliates in Iceland during those two years.
After skipping the 2017 CrossFit Open, Óskarsson returned for the 2018 Open. However, he did not qualify for Regionals that year after failing to submit a score for 18.5. The following year he finished 34th in the world in the 2019 CrossFit Open.
In the year of Sanctionals, Óskarsson finished in 2nd place at the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship (RCC) behind Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson. But because BKG already had earned an invite to the 2019 CrossFit Games via the Open, Óskarsson received the invite.
That invite would be rescinded as Óskarsson failed the in-competition drug test administered at the RCC. Óskarsson’s sample tested positive for ostarine and RAD-140. His appeal was denied and he received a four-year sanction from CrossFit competitions until May 4, 2023.
So that takes us to the 2024 CrossFit Games season, the first since Óskarsson’s sanction ended. Yesterday, Óskarsson made his first post on Instagram in nearly three years. The post? A 201-kilogram (442-pound clean) with the caption “U Missed Me?”
Upon seeing this we reached out to Hinrik to confirm whether he would be returning to CrossFit. Hinrik responded with a simple, “Yes”.
Óskarsson’s return will likely spark some controversy given his past. However, his sanction has expired and he is no longer prohibited from competing in the sport of CrossFit. For those wondering about drug testing, it does not appear that Óskarsson has been drug tested by CrossFit over the past three years.
Óskarsson, while not yet registered for the Open, will compete out of the Europe region.
Other athletes who are coming off a drug test sanction and can compete in the 2024 CrossFit Games season include Larissa Cunha, Elly Kabboord, Alanna Fisk and Lefteris Theofanidis.