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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 20
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 s
Diane S ☔
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lor-2019, 5000-2019
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. ...more
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 box socie
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
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 reas ...more
Milda Stasaitytė
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Katrin is a fun girl with amazing work ethics and athlete mentality. The story is interesting for anyone who has at least tried CrossFit, but even more so to anyone who’s competed in it. The problem is the writing which is pretty horrible and very YouTube-y if that makes any sense (she herself writes how she is not a reader and how Pippi Longstocking is a CARTOON character 🙄, so it just frustrates me how books now are like t-shirts - nothing more than merch).
Other than that, it reads quickly and
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.
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 st
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Nice and easy read.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Memoir of a 2-time winner of the CrossFit games. I loved the 2 feature-length documentary movies I saw about the CrossFit games competitions, and was excited to find a memoir from one of the winners. This sport is weirdly dominated by a high proportion of Icelanders, a country with a population of only 330,000 so it's really interesting and weird how many of them are at the top of this sport.

Katrin describes the process of becoming astoundingly fit and ripped, which is beyond me but which I find
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 amo
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. ...more
Katrin seems very sweet, but there doesn't seem to be any point to the book other than to tell her life story, which is not presented in a compelling or meaningful fashion. It seems to be lacking a lot in terms of self-awareness and how any particular moment, struggle, or success fits into the greater picture. ...more
Dennis Ray
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Meh.... The idea is nice, but not everyone should write a book. Not enough descriptive writing and real insight, not enough depth and you don't feel like you got to know the REAL Katrin. ...more
Rachel Anderson
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love Katrin and her dedication. Super cool to have a glimpse into her mindset and challenges. Also she makes me proud to have Viking blood..shoutout to strong women, built like a frickin truck.
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 competitio ...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! ...more
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.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 stars (I feel compelled to deduct half a star when a book is not adequately proofread)
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
Personally 4.0
Technically 3.5
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
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Dottir is a love letter for her coach, for her team, for the sport and its fans, and for herself. Katrín Davíðsdóttir is not only a two-time champion of the Crossfit Games, she is also a champion of her own mind and that is exactly why this book takes a place in my top 10 favorites. Davíðsdóttir explores in hindsight her journey to winning the one competition that decides who the fittest woman and man in the world are. Twice. Nevertheless, the story comes a surprise to the reader as it took eve ...more
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.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Katrin Davidsdottir was a back to back Crossfit games Champion in 2015 and 2016. I was fortunate enough to see all of these competitions via live stream on the Crossfitgames website.
I really enjoyed reading this books because I learned about Katrin's perspective on the crossfit games and her mindset in training. I could relate to the book because I participated in crossfit for a few years and have competed in a solo competition, although at a much lower level.

Katrin uses a failure of an event at
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Dottir by Katrin Davidsdottir is steel cut oats with a tablespoon of brown sugar and half a cup of sliced apples. Hearty, filling, and delicious, this meal offers fuel that sticks with you until your next meal.

Katrin Davidsdottir shares her story, specifically her journey to becoming a two-time CrossFit games champion. With each chapter, we get to see how laser-focused Katrin became as she pursued her goals, even as she dealt with personal disappo
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 in ...more

I'm a CrossFit Games junkie.  When I started CrossFit I just happened to wander into a class that included a reigning Games senior (60 years old and over) champion.  Every morning the first thing we did was a 1/4 mile run.  I suck at running.  I was always last.  One time she was talking to the coach when we started out running.  Part way through she ran up behind me, gave me a cheery "You are doing really well!", and then kicked into some other gear that I just do not possess and then she was
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything you expect it to be. A honest story about what is behind being the Fittest Woman on Earth, including failures, self doubt and mixed emotions.

It was interesting to read what was going in the head of Katrin at the different stages of season and especially, between and during workouts at the Games which we all remember watching. The always shining and smiling Katrin admits things weren’t always as she wished to, yet we’ve never known because of her smile 24/7.

A nice, honest
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