Sara Sigmundsdottir has taken 3rd place at the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games. The Icelandic “Dottir” has dominated the Europe region the past two years, but she will be competing out of a different region in 2017.

In a surprise announcement today, Sigmundsdottir told Sean Woodland in a CrossFit Games Update Show that she decided to move to California in December. “…where can I get really good training in and get can 100% focus for the Game…and California was the first thing that came to mind,” said Sigmundsdottir.

Sigmundsdottir is moving to the Southern California region and will be training in Oceanside, California. She has left her coaches and is currently in talks with several coaches to find the right person (or persons) to help her with the mental side of the sport.

Sigmundsdottir’s move to California will definitely shake up an already stacked regional. In 2016, Lauren Fisher, Becca Voigt, Alessandra Pichelli, Chyna Cho and Jamie Hagiya advanced to the CrossFit Games while Brooke Ence and Colleen Fotsch were on the outside looking in. The addition of the Icelandic-native will make it even more interesting.

While it is not fair to compare regional results between regions due to the order they compete and the competition within each regional, Sigmundsdottir’s scores would hold up very well against the California women. Sigmundsdottir’s scores would have given her six 1st place finishes and a 2nd place finish compared to the California regional.

With the Open only two weeks away, Sigmundsdottir will be traveling to Cookeville, Tennessee, to do 17.1 at CrossFit Mayhem with Rich Froning and the rest of his team. Keep an eye on Sigmundsdottir once again in 2017 as she looks to take the title…just from a different region.

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