It's getting hard to remember a time when Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr wasn’t the “Fittest Woman on Earth,” and it's even harder to imagine anyone else exemplifying that title quite like she has. The 29 year-old Australian has now won 6 straight CrossFit Games and, since 2017, has stood atop the podium in every major live competition in which she has competed, including all three Rogue Invitationals.
Tia’s road to becoming the greatest women’s CrossFitter of all-time actually began with a pair of runner-up finishes at both the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games. While a bit heartbreaking at the time, those performances left little doubt that her time would soon come, as few athletes in the sport, male or female, showcased such a complete skill-set and tenacious work ethic at such a young age.
In appropriate fashion, it took some relentless effort and a nail-biting finish (994 points to 992 over Kara Webb) to finally win Toomey her first Games title in 2017. Since then, she has successfully defended her crown in dominating fashion, winning by a 64 point margin in 2018 (over Laura Horvath), 195 points in 2019 (over Kristin Holte), 360 points in 2020 (over Katrin Davidsdottir), and 256 points in 2021 (over Horvath). At the 2022 CrossFit Games, Tia faced the additional challenges of an expanded schedule and a younger, dangerous field of competitors, led by teenage sensation Mallory O’Brien. Even so, Toomey’s combination of power, speed, and experience helped her finish in the Top 5 in 11 of the week’s workouts, resulting in a winning edge of 1158 points to O’Brien’s 1045. She is now CrossFit’s first 6x individual Games champion.
Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr has been inspiring athletes for a long time now (she also represented Australia as a weightlifter at the 2016 Olympics in Rio), but while many will continue to challenge her and follow in her path, we may never see another run of consistent dominance quite like this again.