From Iceland — Katrín Tanja After Change In Ownership: "Hopefully The Change That We Want And We Need"

Katrín Tanja After Change In Ownership: “Hopefully The Change That We Want And We Need”

Published June 25, 2020

Nico Borbely
Photo by
Timothée Lambrecq

Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, the so-called “Icelandic CrossFit queen”, hopes that the change in ownership that took place at CrossFit yesterday will be those that the sport needs, Vísir reports.

As reported, Katrín, along with fellow Icelandic CrossFit star Annie Mist Þórisdóttir (seen above), strongly criticized a Tweet from CrossFit co-founder Greg Glassman for its racist implications. In this case, Glassman replied to a Tweet from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation which stressed the necessity of responding to racism and discrimination as “critical public health issues,” and including the #BlackLivesMatter, with “It’s FLOYD-19,” a portmanteau of George Floyd’s surname and COVID-19. The response was not well-received, and led Reebok to sever ties with the company.

It was announced yesterday that Eric Roza, an entrepreneur active in the CrossFit movement, had bought the company. He has, along with Greg Glassman, been in a major conflict following his comments on the death of George Floyd.

“[I’m] hopeful,” Katrín captioned a picture of Eric Roza with a heart emoji. She shared another post by Roza and added her own commentary shortly thereafter.

“Hopefully this is the change that we want and need. I’m excited for the possibilities for the future of our sport,” she wrote, with “our sport” written in all caps.

Katrín decided not to take part in the CrossFit World Games this year, though it’s unknown whether she may change her mind following the change in ownership. The Games will take place in August at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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