We’ve introduced Team Australia and Team Canada. Now it’s time to meet Team Europe!
Was there ever any doubt? Coming off of her back injury, the two-time CrossFit Games champion returned to competition, winning the Europe Regional before finishing second at the Games. It’s also been a busy year for Thorisdottir as she signed with the New York Rhinos in the National Pro Grid League, commandeering them to a 2-2 record before finally getting an upset defeat early in the playoffs.
Expect Thorisdottir to bring lots of muscle, finesse, and cheer to this year’s Invitational.
After winning it all at the 2013 CrossFit Games, Sam Briggs shocked the world by placing 4th at Regionals and failing to qualify the following year. Since then she’s been actively training and competing in various competitions, including the CrossFit Team Series with Rogue Fitness Black. To say that Briggs will be look to avenge herself at the Invitational is pretty much an understatement.
Swedish rookie Lukas Hogberg made his countrymen proud by finishing 23rd at this year’s Games. More than Garret Fisher’s rival for the best head of hair at the Games, Hogberg proved himself a worthy competitor with some pretty good finishes: Triple 3 (7th, 34:23), Sprint Sled 2 (8th, 1:32), 21-15-9 Complex (11th, 4:55). And Double Grace (9th, 5:51.2).
His name may be a biiiiit hard to remember and pronounce, but we’re pretty sure everyone will get the hang of it in coming years. Starting CrossFit only in 2012, this 21-year-old athlete progressed quickly, able to finish second at the Europe Regional – just after Hogberg – and then finishing 26th at the Games. I guess those training sessions with Annie Thorisdottir, Frederik Aegidius, Katrin Davidsottir, and Thuridur Helgadottir paid off?
Mads Jacobsen: Coach
Coaching Team Europe will be L1 Seminar Staff member, CrossFit Nordic owner, and 2013 CrossFit Invitational Team World coach Mads Jacobsen. Last year, he led Team World in a victory over Team USA. Can he do it again this year?