Sara Sigmundsdottir Withdraws from CrossFIt Games

Sara Sigmundsdottir during Muscle-up Clean Ladder at the 2017 CrossFit Games. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
Sara Sigmundsdottir during Muscle-up Clean Ladder at the 2017 CrossFit Games. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

[The article has been updated with Sigmundsdottir’s reason for withdrawing.]

Sara Sigmundsdottir has withdrawn from the 2018 CrossFit Games due to a stress fracture in her rib. Sigmundsdottir was in 11th place heading into Saturday night’s events, Bicouplet 1 & 2.

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Sometimes things are unfair and don´t go as planned☹️ _ I have never been as well prepared for the @CrossfitGames as I was this year but early on in the competition something happened and my ribs got really sore and bruised. I was in a bit of denial and decided to tough it out. In the "Marathon row" the pain went a way as soon as had hit 10 km, so I thought this couldn´t be that bad. Afterwards the pain got so much worse of course. I started Friday, still in denial, and after the "Clean and jerk ladder" pain killers had become my best friend. I decided to keep on pushing today regardless of all the alarm bells but once I started warming up for events 9 and 10 the pain had become so bad that I could not bend over to do a snatch or complete a muscle up on the bar. _ It is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my life but I have decided to withdraw from the competition due to a stress fracture injury on my rib. _ This desicion is made after a consultation with my coach and doctors. There was only one decision to be made, and as much as I hate the fact that I am not going to finish this competition I know that this is the only right way to proceed. _ I will give a better and more detailed explanation on all of this when I know more but one thing is for sure. I´ll be back!!! _ Love, Sara ❤️

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According to Sigmundsdottir, she began experiencing pain in her lower ribs on Wednesday, but it subsided about 10km into the Marathon Row. However, on Friday Sigmundsdottir had to resort to pain killers to deal with the pain during the Speed Clean & Jerk Ladder.

Finally after Chaos and before the Bicouplet 1 & 2, Sigmundsdottir was unable to bend over to pick up the bar for snatches or to even pull herself up on bar muscle-ups. Sigmundsdottir and her coaches then decided it was time to withdraw from the competition.

Sigmundsdottir was seen outside the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum two hours prior to the start of her event. Through nine events, Sigmundsdottir only had three top 10 finishes, 6th in both the Speed Clean & Jerk Ladder and Fibonacci and 10th in the CrossFit Total.

Sigmundsdottir posted this to her Instagram story just before the start of the final events for the night.

Instagram story from Sara Sigmundsdottir
Instagram story from Sara Sigmundsdottir

As the women lined up for Heat 3 of Bicouplet 2, Sigmundsdottir was missing from lane 5.

This was Sigmundsdottir’s 4th consecutive CrossFit Games. She had finished 3rd, 3rd and 4th the past three years.

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