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Road to the Games Ep. 18.02: Kara & Tia—The Aussie Chickies

The second episode of this year’s series checks in with reigning Fittest Woman on Earth Tia-Clair Toomey and her toughest competition, fellow Aussie Kara Saunders, in the fall months following the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games.

“Get a look at the construction of CrossFit Kova, Saunders’ new affiliate in Brisbane, and see what both athletes do to relax and unwind during the offseason. Toomey and her husband, Shane Orr, go crocodile spotting while on a trail run and do other very Australian things, such as racing kangaroos through residential areas.

This episode also offers Aussie vocabulary lessons. After the 2017 Invitational, Saunders taught us the word “shoey,” and in 2018, Toomey explains what Aussies mean when they say “woop woop.” But it’s not all fun and games, and both athletes keep their minds focused on the competition.

Toomey reflects on the previous seasons and says the biggest changes in her performance between 2016 and 2017 came from her mindset. “When it comes to the CrossFit Games, it’s all mental,” she explains. If that adage proves true for Saunders, too, 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Games spectators. “For the first time ever, I believe in myself properly, and no matter what happens, it’ll be a good year as long as I can keep my head on straight,” Saunders says.