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Dottir: My Journey to Becoming a Two-Time CrossFit Games Champion

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This is a memoir by two-time CrossFit Games champion, Katrin Davidsdottir.

Dottir is two-time consecutive CrossFit Games Champion Katrin Davidsdottir's inspiring and poignant memoir. As one of only two women in history to have won the title of “Fittest Woman on Earth” twice, Davidsdottir knows all about the importance of mental and physical strength. She won the title in
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good book with a great message and incredible insights and first hand knowledge into the mind and life of a champion.

Katrin Davidsdottir's has an amazing story and extremely important messages about never giving up, learning from setbacks, and how yo treat other people. All these are essential in becoming a world champion, but also staying a champion now just in sport but in life as well.

I am not a huge CrossFit fan but I am always interested in the mental mind set need to be a champion or a
Diane S ☔
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 5000-2019, lor-2019
I admire the hard work and training that goes into this sport. Winning champion two times is a fantastic and difficult accomplishment. It just didn't translate well into the written page. At least not for me. I think this is one of those cases where watching, participating is better than reading.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for the chance to read this book early!

I love when two of my main interests merge, in this case, reading and fitness in one package. I’ve been a fan of CrossFit and the Dottirs for years, starting with my discovery of the sport and Annie Thorisdottir in 2010. Since then I’ve been excited to see girls from Iceland taking over the fitness world – showing women beauty comes in many forms. They are shattering the
Sarah Stone
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dottir was seemingly everything I thought it wouldn't be. I expected Davidsdottir's first book to be another lighthearted fitness memoir, but I was incredibly wrong. As a bookseller, It's rare for me to even make notes in a books, but I was drawn to notate and highlight key takeaways nearly every page. Davidsdottir's theme and mantra of "be the best me" is something regardless of your CrossFit knowledge can take away from her memoir. She goes on to say "Champions don't have balance, and the ...more
Ugh! I rarely rate a book this low, but this book jumped all over the place, had no flow, and aside from her first championship at the CrossFit games in 2015, wasn’t all that inspiring to me. I am sure that some will enjoy this book, but not me.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I would have devoured this book in about two days, but it took me five days because as I was reading, I decided to watch the CrossFit Games events on YouTube that Katrín was talking about in the book. I had so much fun this way and I was totally engrossed throughout. I have been a regular at the gym for almost 7 years, doing work with kettlebells, barbells and bodyweight exercises, but I have never previously paid much attention to the world of CrossFit due to its high risk of injury. I ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a memoir about the amazing Katrin Davidsdottir. She is a two time winner of the Fittest Woman on Earth prize. She is a Crossfit star.
As a huge fan of Katrin Davidsdottir I had to ask to review this book. I love that she is always smiling. She is strong and fit, but still a girly girl. I love that my grand daughter can watch her and know that it is okay to be strong and feminine.
On to the book!
She started off in gymnastics, but it was not her thing. She just did not love it. When she
Marguerite Rauch
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Sports memoirs are not for everyone. I found this one appealing for several reasons: 1. the insight into Icelandic culture, especially with respect to athletic women; 2. the culture and community of CrossFit; and 3. the minutiae of the athlete’s mind, and how minute by minute one must think to become a champion. Katrin is very candid about her mental and emotional struggles, and the reader benefits from the deeply honest examination of unproductive thought patterns during training and ...more
Eileen Souza
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great to learn more about Katrin's experiences and perspectives - especially through the many events where I have cheered her on. Vinna Sleđahundur!
Janelle Lori
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I mean, it’s Katrin. It’s everything you’d expect from this Wonder Woman. Fantastic story- the audio book was fabulous!! Her voice is full of emotion and even a couple giggles
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Quick, easy read. If you love the sport side of CrossFit, you’ll enjoy this book.

I would have liked to see some things a little more fleshed out - the 2018 season felt rushed, the underlying turmoil of her 2017 season. The end of the last chapter before the epilogue felt out of place. On the flip side, there were some things that were brought up many times and felt redundant. Additionally, there were many spelling and grammar errors that contributed to an overall sense of the book being rushed.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of CrossFit. Also, I adore Katrin Davidsdottir's work ethics and her mindset. These facts definitely make me a little bit biased when evaluating Katrin's memoir, but I found Dottir: My Journey to Becoming a Two-Time CrossFit Games Champion to be very inspiring, positive, and engaging look behind the scenes of one of the best athletes in CrossFit history.

Most people already know that Katrin is a stellar athlete. I mean, in the last five CrossFit Games, she consistently finished
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

This is a memoir by two-time CrossFit Games champion, Katrin Davidsdottir.

Dottir is two-time consecutive CrossFit Games Champion Katrin Davidsdottir's inspiring and poignant memoir. As one of only two women in history to have won the title of “Fittest Woman on
Donna Hines
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
If you don't know the Dottir family than you must be residing under a rock.
For Crossfitters we know this family quite well. The strength, the determination, the will to succeed.
That drive is what pulls the deep seeded will to win however as a crossfitter I also must stress one thing that surprisingly is not often spoken about which is rhabdo and it's not a fluke of nature folks it's deadly.
So before you jump on the all things Crossfit train you must know your limits and know your worth.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Katrin and the other 'Dottirs' are the reasons I tried out CrossFit to begin with. Reading this book was timely, I raced through it while I compete in the Open for the first time after only 6 months of CrossFit. While I'm very much a beginner and my challenges are far from what a professional athlete has to go through, there are messages and mindsets within Katrin's book that are already popping into my head during challenging workouts and inspire me to keep pushing. Especially her mantra of 'Be ...more
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Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed watching CrossFit over the last few years so was familiar with Katrin as one of the top athletes in the world. When I saw that she was releasing a biography I was keen to read it as she is an inspirational person in the discipline and I thought it would be interesting to read how she came to it and maybe learn somethings I could use in my own fitness pursuits. This book however goes deeper than just explaining her CrossFit journey. It is inspirational and moving and although an ...more
Patrick O'Hannigan
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Crossfit enthusiasts
Although the single-mindedness of Katrin Davidsdottir's focus eventually wore me out, it's also true that you don't become a two-time "Fittest Woman on Earth" without committing full-time to physical and mental training.

Katrin's winsome personality shines through. I just think this would have been an even better book if she had a little more mileage on her. Instead, we learn that perhaps the only serious setback she's ever faced (to this point) is the death of her beloved grandmother.
Not an Xfit fan by any means, but I do support female athletes and was curious about Katrin's story even not having heard of hear before. I learned about the power of Icelandic women in Xfit games, more about the history of the sport and the familiar story of a young athlete's failures and victories. I wish her great success and am now more interested in seeing one of these games live one day. Curious how her idea of ideal training for winning is that super hard push beyond sustainable health ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dottir is the inspirational autobiography of two time cross fitness champion, Katrin Davidsdottir. This book is not only about how to become a champion, it is also about how to overcome obstacles and learn from defeats. Katrin Davidsdottir is a terrific role model not only for young athletes, but for anyone. Her story shows how even in defeat and when we are not at our best we are always learning, and we can use that knowledge to become even better. Even if you have no interest in cross fitness, ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good, insightful book. It left me a little sad though. As I review this, Tia Claire Toomey has won the last 3 CF Games and Katrin just missed the podium in 2019. There are 4 billion women so it strikes me as harsh if one has to hold the bar so high that only an outright win can generate happiness. I know Katrin is beyond that but I hope the sports can evolve to the point where everyone among the top 40 or so can consider him- or herself a champion and earn a decent living from the sport, both ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It has very clear strong messages about what winning means - and it is not necessarily being first across the line. I'm a "normal" crossfitter (I go, do a work-out, I get one with my day). I found this book interesting and entertaining. It's not a how to guide for average athletes, it's a memoir of an elite champion.
It odes, at times, feel a bit like it is written by an athlete, rather than a writer, but that is in line with the tone of the book.

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Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
LOVE Katrin, and I really appreciated the insight in this book. I appreciate the depth into which she goes about her training mindset and the challenges she has faced along the way. Like nearly every other Crossfit memoir, though, this one feels a bit rushed and while Kat's voice (and Rory's tone) are felt throughout, it doesn't seem as organized and fleshed out as it could be.

If you're into Crossfit (or sport in general), you'll appreciate what this book has to offer. But take it for what it
Laura Welch
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy read, but very inspiring. It makes me look at my CrossFit journey differently now and I found a new meaning in it. Katrin and I have so much in common and she has made me want to visit Iceland more than I already wanted to. This book was a great insight into how”normal” people have become famous and champions. Aside from the few typos, it was perfect. The best typo: describing a workout that apparently had a “300-mile run” to start the WOD, when really it was supposed to be 300-meter run...
Haley Kubat
I just love Katrin so much, she was my first idol in the CrossFit community and to read about what she was thinking about during competitions as well as stuff that went on in her personal life at the time was really awesome! It also shows that she is just like everyone else in this world with the way her mind works and how she deals with setbacks and hard times, but she's an amazing athlete on top of all of that. I'm excited to see what shell bring to her next competition, and if shell write ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Uplifting and motivating. So awesome to read that our role models and people who are “goals” are also human like the rest of us. Taught/reminded me how important it is for motivation to come from within and that learning to dig deep/go the extra mile/give 110%/etc etc is crucial in achieving success, regardless of what success looks like to you. And a great reminder that success isn’t always measured in how you stack up against others, but how you stack up against previous versions of yourself
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not to take away from her accomplishments as an athlete, but this memoir was really dry, repetitive, and gave me no real insight what it's like to train for something of this caliber. Honestly I would rather have read a memoir by her coach. I hate to say it but this is the kind of memoir people are referring to when they say young people shouldn't write memoirs. It's really not the age of the writer, but there isn't enough real insight there.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
If you haven't seen any of the CrossFit documentaries, or haven't followed her much on social media, I imagine you will find this book much more riveting. I absolutely adore Katrin and love her story, but I found that I had already heard all of this before and definitely even found the book to be incredibly repetitive.
Jacqueline Williams
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I started circuit training and felt like reading a physically motivating book.
I picked the right book my muscle daren't complain! What blew me away was a young ladies understanding of herself. Admire the strengthen bit seriously admire the discipline. Thanks for getting me through 4 weeks of circuit training of which I will continue.
Niklas Braun
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
That was a really cool read! Definitely the workout parts would be hard to follow for anyone who hasn't done or watched CrossFit, but the overall journey is pretty neat. The self-improvement part is somewhat cliche but to each their own.
Mychal Threets
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
She’s an incredible person. Her book does bounce around, but it just covers different things she wants to mention. I enjoyed it, you don’t have to do CrossFit to admire her story. She’s an inspiration.
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