Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr Heads Up Open Leaderboard

It might only be the end of March, but it’s already been one hell of a year for the reigning Fittest Woman on Earth Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr.

The reigning four-time CrossFit Games champ is looking at her very first CrossFit Open win as the results for 21.3 and 21.4 are finalised before Wednesday.

A hugely impressive result for an athlete who, despite her previous results, was training an entirely different sport right up until the CrossFit Open began.


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Tia’s year thus far has been a little unorthadox. In 2019 the Australian Bobsled team reached out to recruit Toomey-Orr for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, so she and husband/coach Shane Orr relocated to South Korea for three months following her dominating performance at the 2020 CrossFit Games.

If the Australian Bobsled team qualifies for the Winter Olympics, she will become the first CrossFit athlete to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics following her appearance in Rio 2016 for weightlifting.

In a YouTube video announcing the “big move,” Tia made it clear that she wanted to return for the 2021 CrossFit Season which kicked off in early March. The couple made the move back to Tennessee which is where Tia has been for the Open.

Tia’s impressive scores in the Open would make you think this was easy. After smashing 21.1 in 11:41, she completed 21.2 with a sub-10 minute score. Her most impressive time is 7.37 in 21.3, and the 21.4 barbell complex with a weight of 230lbs (scores for 21.3 and 21.4 have yet to be finalised).

Tia isn’t the only athlete to have an incredibly impressive Open this year. Two under-18s are currently sitting in the Top 5, with 17-year-old Emma Cary right behind Toomey-Orr after a hugely impressive overall win for 21.2.

Tia is also joined in the Top 5 by fellow Aussie Kara Saunders, who is just ahead of Kristi Eramo O’Connell.


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In the Men’s Individual Division, Canadian Jeffrey Adler has taken the top spot from US favourites Scott Panchik and Noah Ohlsen. Jeffrey shot onto the scene in 2020, securing his place in the final five of the 2020 CrossFit Games by just two points.

Adler’s impressive score in the 2021 Open is definitely setting the stage for a very interesting CrossFit season to come.

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