CrossFit Games Champion Katrin Davíðsdóttir on 2020 Competition: ‘I Am Out’
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Update: June 12, 2020 at 10:15 p.m. ET
Shortly after Katrin Davíðsdóttir announced that she would not be participating in the CrossFit 2020 games, more prominent athletes announced that they would also suspend the competition. Other famous CrossFitters who said "I Am Out" were Amanda Barnhart, Cole Sager and Nobull athlete Brooke Wells.
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What we originally reported on June 12, 2020 at 7:50 p.m. ET
The two-time CrossFit Games champion Katrin Davíðsdóttir, who was dissatisfied with the corporate culture of the organization, announced via Instagram that she would not compete at the CrossFit Games 2020.
“My moral compass and the values that I stand for make it easy for me to make a decision: I'm out. The only way I look forward is for an empty board. [Former CEO of CrossFit] Greg [Glassman] and those who were there can't be part of CF, ”Davíðsdóttir wrote in a statement on Instagram.
Davíðsdóttir's decision is made a week after Glassman has been publicly criticized for making an insensitive comment on Twitter about George Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old black man, from Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer. The Institute of Health Metrics and Assessment released a tweet on June 4 saying, "Racism and discrimination are critical public health problems that require an urgent response wherever they occur." Glassman replied to the tweet: "It is FLOYD-19. "
After Glassman made his comment, several CrossFit partners ended their relationships with the organization, including longstanding partner Reebok. (Davíðsdóttir is a former athlete sponsored by Reebok and signed with the sports brand Nobull in June 2019.)
On June 9, Glassman announced his retirement and CrossFit announced that it would be replaced by company veteran Dave Castro. However, Davíðsdóttir made it clear on Instagram yesterday that this step was not enough.
“I think we need leadership that is conducted with integrity and morality. A sport that is driven by unity and inclusiveness. To have the basic values in the right place, ”Davíðsdóttir wrote on the social media platform. “What we have right now is not a change that I can stand by. I think we can and should do better. "
In her post today, Davíðsdóttir made it clear in her caption that she is upset about CrossFit headquarters and not about the CrossFitters community worldwide.
"I love and take care of this sport + the community more than you can ever imagine. It is and will not go away," wrote Davíðsdóttir.
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