Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson
Two times Icelandic champion in Crossfit
Article from the year 2013
“Um síðustu helgi fór fram Íslandsmótið í Crossfit þar sem þrjátíu bestu crossfittarar landins af hvoru kyni kepptu. Stokkseyringurinn Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson sigraði með yfirburðum í karlaflokki.
Crossfit Hengill í Hveragerði átti þrjá keppendur á mótinu, þjálfara stöðvarinnar þá Bjarna Skúlason, Björgvin Karl og Heiðar Inga Heiðarsson.
Mótið, sem fór fram í sundlaug Kópavogs og Crossfit Reykjavík, náði yfir tvo daga og taldi tíu keppnisgreinar sem innihéldu m.s. sund, róður, fimleikaæfingar, olympískar lyftingar og kraftlyftingar.
Björgvin Karl, sem er aðeins 21 árs, sigraði mótið með þónokkrum yfirburðum og sýndi það og sannaði að hann er besti crossfittari landsins þrátt fyrir stuttan feril í greininni.
Heiðar Ingi, eldri bróðir Björgvins Karls, hafnaði í sjötta sæti á mótinu og Bjarni Skúla í því níunda.”
Didn't understand it? Here it is translated to English:
“Last weekend the Icelandic championship in Crossfit went down when the 30 best Crossfit athletes in Iceland, both genders, competed. Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson, from Stokkseyri, won with excellence in the mens group.
Crossfit Hengill in Hveragerði had three competitors, all of them are coaches: Bjarni Skúlason, Björgvin Karl and Heiðar Ingi Heiðarsson.
The competition went down in Kópavogur’s swimming hall, in Crossfit Reykjavík and covered two days. The competition had 10 WOD’s which included swimming, rowing, gymnastics, olympic weightlifting and powerlifting.
The 21 year old Björgvin Karl won with substantial advantage and showed and prooved that he is the best Crossfit athlete in Iceland despite his short career in the sport.
Heiðar Ingi, Björgvin’s older brother, placed in sixth place and Bjarni Skúla in ninth.”
Article from the year 2014
“Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson frá Stokkseyri varð um liðna helgi Íslandsmeistari í crossfit í annað árið í röð. Björgvin vann mótið með miklum yfirburðum, en 18 stig skildu að fyrsta og annað sætið sem þykir mjög gott.
Mótið hófst með Esjuhlaupi á föstudeginum en síðan tóku við sjö greinar sem dreifðust á föstudag og laugardag. Hápunktur mótsins var þegar Björgvin Karl kláraði svokallaðan snörunarstiga og snaraði 120 kg tvisvar sinnum á 50 sekúndum, áður var hann búinn að gera það sama með 65 kg, 70 kg, 75 kg, 80 kg o.s.frv., upp í 120 kg. Björgvin Karl sannaði enn og aftur að hann er langbesti crossfittari landsins.
Crossfit Hengill átti þrjá keppendur á mótinu. Auk Björgvins keppti eldri bróðir hans, Heiðar Ingi, sem er gamalreyndur keppnismaður í sportinu og Bragi Bjarnason sem var að keppa á sínu fyrsta móti. Bragi byrjaði mótið vel og vann m.a. Esjuhlaupið þegar hann hljóp upp að Steini í skítaveðri á rétt undir 30 mínútum.”
And here it is translated:
Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson from Stokkseyri recently became the Icelandic champion in Crossfit for the second time in a row. Björgvin won the competition with excellence, 18 points we’re between the first and second place, witch is really good!
The competition started with running up to the mountain Esja, on Friday but then took over seven WOD’s, witch dispersed on Friday and Saturday. Highlights of the tournament was when Björgvin Karl finished the so-called Snatch-ladder and snatched 120 kg two times in only 50seconds, sooner he had already done the same thing with 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg and so on up to 120kg. Björgvin Karl prooved once again that he is by far the best Crossfit athlete in Iceland. Crossfit Hengill had three competitiors, Björgvin Karl and additionally his brother Heiðar Ingi, who is experienced competitor in the sport, and Bragi Bjarnason who was competing for the first time. Bragi started out really good and finished first in the first event, the Esja climbing, in freezing cold weather just below 30 minutes.
Why did I choose these articles?
These articles I chose because they show what an amazing athlete Björgvin is. At this young age and becoming this great! He has now competed all over the world with this amazing group of people, for example, The Crossfit Games where he competed against Rich Froning who has been “The fittest on earth” four times in a row, Jason Khalipha and so on. He has also competed whith Annie Mist Þórisdóttir who is also from Iceland and has also won the title “The fittest on earth” two times in a row. This year, 2014, he has been in London, Denmark, USA, Spain, USA again and Italy. In november he competed at the Invitationals in a group of four representing Europe. Björgvin Karl and Annie Mist from Iceland, Sam Briggs from the US (also won ”The fittest on earth” title) and at last Lukas Högberg from Sweden. They came in third. It will be exiting to watch Björgvin in the coming years.
One of his first competitions
Björgvin Karl and Lukas Högberg after qualifying for The Games
Björgvin has been all over the world competing
I asked him about his training
- When did you start training Crossfit?
-I first started training Crossfit in 2012, then I did my first Crossfit workout, but it was also the first competition I entered.
- Had you been in other sports?
- Yes I had been in gymnastics and football, and I also trained at Sportstöðin
- Are you complete done with those sports?
-You could say that, yes. I’ve sometimes gone to soccer practise but it’s just for fun. I never go to gymnastic practise but they sometimes come up in Crossfit.
- Where do you train?
-I train in Crossfit Hengill and I coach there when I’m not training.
- How is your training?
-I train two times a day, 5 times a week. The first workout I do gymnastic/cardio but at the second one I do weightlifting.
- Do you have specific coaches or do you do your own programming?
-Yes. Erik Lau Klener programs the weightlifting for me and Jami Tikkanen does my gymnastic and cardio programming.
- Who are your major sponsors?
-Sci-tec, Reebok, Nielsen and Búllan. Scitec has my supplements like protein and scuh. Reebok provides me with workout equipment (mostly shoes and clothing). At Nielsen and Búllan I get meals which is very convinient.
- Where have you been competing this year?
-Battle of London, Regionals in Denmark, The Crossfit Games in the USA, King of Wods in Spain, The Crossfit Invitationals and now in Italy.
- What tournament is the most remarkeble?
-The Crossfit Games without a doubt! I got to compete there with my biggest rolemodels and it is a expirience. I hope to repeat in 2015.
- Who’s you biggest rolemodel?
- If you could be that person for a day, what would you do?
- I would probably just train.
- What’s next for you?
- Italian Throwdown is ongoing. After that I’m going to take a little break from competing and train for the Open which is a online qualifier for Regionals. I need to focus on my training until then.
- Where do you plan to be in one year?
-At the Crossfit Games!
A part from an Interview taken from Crossfit.com
Iceland, the least populated country in Europe with just more than 300,000 people, has produced some of the finest CrossFit athletes in the world. Not only is it home to two-time CrossFit Games champion Annie Thorisdottir, but also to Games athletes Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir and Thuridur Erla Helgadottir, as well as regional athletes Hjördís Ósk Óskarsdóttir and Jakob Magnusson, and now, Gudmundsson.
Two weeks into the 2014 Open, the 21-year-old is among the top 15 individual men in Europe. He lives in Hverageroi, 45 km east of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, and is dedicating himself fully to training and coaching at CrossFit Hengill.
He was introduced to CrossFit two years ago when his brother registered him for the 2012 Open.
“I remember that I didn’t have an option. He forced me to test it,” Gudmundsson said.
“Before that, I had heard of CrossFit only due to the fact that Annie Mist Thorisdottir was the world champion. (I) probably knew of it simply because she is Icelandic,” he said. “My first workout was 12.1, an AMRAP of seven minutes of burpees. The experience was awful, but something happened there that made me come back again and again and again.”
In 2013, Gudmundsson finished eighth in the Open in Europe, earning him a chance to compete at the regional.
Prior to joining CrossFit Hengill, he trained at CrossFit Reykjavik, where he was surrounded by some of the sport’s top talent in Thorisdottir, Frederik Aegidius, Davidsdottir and Helgadottir.
“I was really lucky to get the chance to train and learn from all these incredible athletes,” Gudmundsson said. “I guess I was showing some serious progress from the beginning and I got a lot of help from them.”
“Of course I remember the first time that I met Thorisdottir. At first, it was something unreal. With time, it became more normal and I gladly became her training partner for some time.”
Traveling to train in Reykjavik entailed driving 120 km (75 miles) daily. Gudmundsson soon understood that he needed to adjust his lifestyle and set some priorities if he wanted to become an elite athlete.
“After I graduated from school, I decided not to go to university. Instead, I wanted to use all my time to see what my body and mind can do in competitive CrossFit,” he said.
The focus paid off as Gudmundsson finished ninth at the 2013 Europe Regional.
“I had no specific preparation for this competition. I just wanted to try it and do my best. You can’t do more than that,” he said.
Here it is translated to Icelandic:
Ísland, sem er fámennsta land í Evrópu með rúmlega 300,000 íbúum, hefur “framleitt” nokkra af þeim bestu Crossfitturum í heiminum. Ekki aðeins er það heimili Anníe Mistar Þórisdóttur heldur líka Games keppendanna Katrínar Tönju Davíðsdóttur og Þuríðar Erlu Helgadóttur og Evrópumóts keppendanna Hjördísar Óskar Óskarsdóttur, Jakobs Magnússonar og núna, Björgvins Karls Guðmundssonar.
Eftir aðeins 2 vikur í Open keppninni 2014, hefur 21. árs kappinn sest í top 15 sætin í karlaflokki í allri Evrópu. Hann býr í Hvergerði, 45 km austan höfuðborgar Íslands, Reykjavík, og tileinkar sér æfa og þjálfa í Crossfit Hengli. Hann var kynntur fyrir Crossfit fyrir tveimur árum þegar bróðir hans skráði hann í Open keppnina 2012. Hann segist engu hafa fengið að ráða og að bróðir hans hafi neitt hann til þess að prófa íþróttina.
Fyrir það hafði hann einungis heyrt af Crossfit vegna Annie Mistar Þórisdóttur vegna þess að hún hafði unnið Heimsleikana. Hann heldur að hann hafi einungis vitað það vegna þess að hún væri frá Íslandi. Hans fyrsta æfing var 12.1, sem var 7 mínútna AMRAP – Það er skamstöfun fyrir “As many reps as possible” eða “Eins margar endurtekningar og hægt er” á 7 mínútum af burpees. Þessi reynsla var skelfileg, en eitthvað var það sem lét hann æfa aftur og aftur og aftur.
Árið 2013 kláraði Guðmundsson áttundi í Open keppninni í Evrópu, þar vann hann sér inn þáttökuréttindi á Evrópuleikunum.
Áður en hann fór að æfa í Crossfit Hengli æfði hann í Crossfit Reykjavík, þar sem hann var umkringdur sumum af þeim bestu í greininni: Anníe Mist, Frederik Aegidius, Davíðsdóttir og Helgadóttir.
Hann segist hafa verið mjög heppinn að fá tækifæri til þess að æfa og læra af þessum frábæru iðkenndum, hann hafi sýnt miklar framfarir frá byrjun og hafi fengið mikla hjálp frá þeim.
Hann segist auðvitað muna eftir fyrsta skiptinu sem hann hitti Þórisdóttur. Fyrst fannst honum þetta óraunverulegt en með tímanum varð það ósköp venjuleg sjón og hann varð æfingarfélagi hennar í ákveðinn tíma. Ferðirnar til Reykjavíkur höfðu í för með sér 120 kílómetra akstur daglega en fljótlega skildi hann að hann þyrfti að aðlaga lífstíl sinn og setja í forgangsröð ef hann ætlaði sér að verða framúrskarandi íþróttamaður.
Eftir að Björgin útskrifaðist úr skóla ákvað hann að fara ekki í háskóla heldur ætlaði hann sér að nýta allan sinn tíma í að sjá hvert líkami hans og hugur gætu leitt hann í Crossfit keppnum. Þessar ákvarðanir skiluðu sínu og varð Björgvin níundi á Evrópuleikunum árið 2013. Hann segist ekki hafa æft neitt sérstaklega fyrir þessa keppni heldur vildi hann bara prófa og gera sitt besta. “Það er ekki hægt að gera meira en það,” segir hann.
Why did I choose this text?
This text is an interview he did with someone from Crossfit.com which is a huge website with a lot of subscribers. Björgvin is getting pretty known worldwide and not only in Iceland. He is getting more attention now then ever and his goals and dreams are coming true.
Why did I choose this person?
Björgvin Karl is a friend of mine and also one of my coaches. He is really passionate when it comes to Crossfit and training. He has gained so much attention due to his skills and competence. His hard-work is paying off. He has only been in the sport since 2012 while some of the competitors on his level have been training for 5 years or so. This is a young sport but is spreading rapidly around the world. A lot of Icelandic people are practicing Crossfit and hopefully it will receive the respect and be a validated sport in our country.