Who will stop Toomey in Miami?
Written by Brian Friend
Second. Second. First. First.
Not much else needs to be said when it comes to Tia-Clair Toomey.
At 25 years-old, she’s got quite the rap sheet. In the last 3 years at the Games, in a total of 42 events, she’s taken 1st place 6x, 2nd place 7x, and 3rd place 4x. That means against the best female CrossFitter’s in the world she finishes 1st, 2nd, or 3rd over 40% of the time.
But this will be Tia’s first trip to Miami and the first event she will compete in since the new format has been announced. So that begs the question, who is going to give Tia a challenge on the competition floor?
Who Are the Challengers?
First and foremost, you have to look at Sara Sigmundsdottir. Although she had to withdraw from the Games this past August, the three previous years she finished 4th, 3rd, and 3rd. A month ago she competed in Dubai against some of the other top women in the sport, and although she took third place behind Sam Briggs and Jamie Greene, Sara was only 12 points behind Briggs for the top podium spot.
Over the last three years Kari Pearce has established herself as the top American female CrossFitter, she’s a threat in any competition she enters. She also has previous experience at WZA having podiumed twice (3rd place in 2016 and 2nd place last year). Kari has qualified as an individual at the CrossFit Games each of the last four years. In the last three years she’s consistently been in the top 10.
Norway’s Kristin Holte has never been lower than 21st worldwide. The last 4 years in the CrossFit Open, she consistently qualifies out of the most competitive female Region in the world. She won the Meridian Regional in 2017, she’s been to five consecutive CrossFit Games as an individual, and she’s taken 7th place in back to back years in Madison. Kristin deserves to be mentioned alongside the elite women in the sport, and at Wodapalooza she’ll have yet another chance to prove herself.
Close races and tight finishes have come to characterize the elite women’s competition within CrossFit, and fans can count on 2-time Games Champ Tia-Clair Toomey to turn up the heat in south Florida. Many of the best female athletes from around the world will descend on Miami, where they will make sure the spots on top of the podium are not easily won.