The two-time CrossFit Games champion posted an inspiring message on Instagram to celebrate National Girls and Women In Sports Day.

By Faith Brar
February 06, 2020
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ICYMI, February 5 was National Girls and Women In Sports Day (NGWSD). The day not only celebrates the accomplishments of female athletes, but it also honors the progress toward gender equality in sports. In honor of the day, CrossFit Games champion, Katrín Davíðsdóttir took to Instagram to share what being an athlete means to her.

"Sports make me feel strong," wrote Davíðsdóttir, who held the title of Fittest Woman on Earth for two consecutive years back in 2015 and 2016. "[They] challenge me [and] have shown me I am capable of anything I set my mind to," she added.

Davíðsdóttir also credits sports for giving her some of her "closest and best relationships," she continued sharing in her NGWSD post. "[It's] given me opportunities I never even could have dreamt of," along with "happiness, tears, hardships, struggles, and triumphs," she added.

But being an athlete has also taught Davíðsdóttir that sports "don't define" her, she shared in her post. In other words, Davíðsdóttir may have won multiple CrossFit championships and wowed the world with her incredible strength—but she can't be the strongest all the time, she previously told Shape.

"Peak performance is meant for one time a year," Davíðsdóttir told us. "It's meant for that one time of the year where I'm trying to be the best in the world. If you try to sustain that, you're going to burn out and have more injuries." (Related: Is It Bad to Do the Same Workout Every Day?)

Even though Davíðsdóttir has occasionally struggled with the pressure of being known as the Fittest Woman on Earth, she's also gained an immense sense of empowerment from being a CrossFit athlete, she told Shape in 2018.

"When I started CrossFit, it went from being so much about my appearance to focusing on all of the amazing things my body could do," she shared at the time. "The more I worked on lifting, the stronger I got. The more I ran, the faster I got. I was so amazed by the things my body could do and at the same time so proud. I worked hard for it and I have now learned to love it for what it is." (Related: Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue)

Bottom line: Regardless of the ups and downs, Davíðsdóttir wouldn't be who she is without sports in her life, she continued sharing in her NGWSD post.

"Working out makes me feel powerful," she previously shared with us. "It's always a choice—and in the gym, I choose to push to my absolute limits every single day. I get to give it my best. I get to work on things that I struggle with... All of this applies to life too. I guess I just love hard work and a positive attitude. You can never go wrong with that, in sports or in life."

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