I want to thank you for all the great questions. I wish, I had time to answer all of them. I have picked out 5 questions and will email the winners this weekend. Congratulations to the winners of the RX Smart Gear jump ropes.
Caleb Herman: With your injury, how did you manage to stay positive so you could keep moving forward to make it back to the Games?
I had a mission, which kept motivating me throughout the progress and the hard times. I wanted to show people that you can indeed not only recover, but come back from an injury like this even stronger.. . but I think the most important thing for me was that I had an amazing group of people supporting me when I was doubting myself.
Mathew Cunningham: If you would compare yourself to an animal, which animal would it be and why?
Interestingly enough, I have never been asked that question. I would say something something like a panther. They are fast, move well and are good hunters. Except for when it comes to family, then I would be more like an elephant. They stay with their family’s for life and seem to really care for each other.
Erika Hayes: I love that you always wear a silver necklace. I am just curious if there is a story behind it and what it means to you?
It is a symbol made out of Icelandic runes. Each letter in the word Strength is put together and makes up that symbol. It means a lot to me as it represents my heritage, my roots. No matter where I am or what I am doing, I always have Iceland with me. I have been competing with it since the Games 2010.
Jeanette More: Do you have any family that comes to watch/support and how do you involve them in your journey?
My parents actually both do CrossFit and both my brothers used to as well – one of them has even competed at the Games on a team. My parents have come to every big CrossFit competition, I have competed in since I started 2009, every Regionals and Games. I don’t think they could have been any more supportive then they have been and they are a huge part of my success. To me it all starts and ends with family.
Etienne Guillou-Kervern: What were your dreams when you were a little girl?
It’s always been sports. Every time I started a new sport I wanted to go all the way. In gymnastics, I wanted to make the national team.. in ballet, I wanted to become a professional dancer. As a pole vaulter, I wanted to make it to the Olympics. In CrossFit, I wanted to win the CrossFit Games. I made the national team, got into the dance academy in Iceland, was the Icelandic champion in pole vaulting for two years, but gave that up as soon as I found CrossFit – finally something that I did not get bored with. Obviously, I wanted also to become a movie star and all that classic stuff as well 😉
I want to thank you all for the amazing support, it means the world to me. Hope to see you at Games!
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