Unfortunately, the two-time defending female champ, Annie Thorisdottir was relegated to the sidelines thanks to a lower back injury, but in her absence we got to experience another serious athlete—Samantha Briggs. The 31-year-old firefighter from Manchester, U.K. came into the 2013 games like a ball of fire after returning from her own injury (of the knee) in 2012. Right from the start there was no question Briggs was going to wipe the court with her competitors. Her domination included 1st place in both row events, 2nd in the Naughty Nancy, 1st in the Sprint Chipper, and top-10 finishes in eight of the 12 events. Briggs took home the $275,000 prize along with an additional $12,000 from individual events. With Thorisdottir optimistic about a 2014 return we’re looking forward to the ultimate head-to-head between these two women as they battle it out for the title.
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