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Tia-Clair Toomey’s dream of competing at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics is just one step closer to realizing it. On Monday, the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) released its final rankings, with her rider Ashleigh Werner ranked 20th in the world, placing her in one Olympic qualification place.
A big thing: The feat could take her into uncharted territory in terms of multi-disciplinary athletics. If Toomey is selected for the team, she will become the first active CrossFit Games athlete to qualify for the Summer and Winter Olympics (in separate sports). If she qualifies for the 2022 CrossFit Games, it will add another record and qualify for the Olympics and Games again that same year.
- 2016 Summer Olympics: 14th place in 58 kg weightlifting
- CrossFit Games 2017: 1
- 2018 Commonwealth Games: Gold in 58 kg weightlifting
- CrossFit Games 2018: 1
- CrossFit Games 2019: 1
- CrossFit Games 2020: 1
- CrossFit Games 2021: 1
In response to qualifying, the Olympics Instagram Account posted: “Tia – please teach us everything you know!”
Side note: We’re not even counting the other off-season competitions she’s won.
What happens next: Technically, it is Werner who has secured the Olympic place, as the ranking is based on the driver of the two-man bobsleigh. Brakewomen, who is Toomey, are often swapped out during the season and the final selection will be left to Australia.
- The five-time current and incumbent CrossFit Games winner was Werner’s brakewoman in the last few races and trained exclusively with her.
- The Winter Olympics will be held in China from February 4th to 20th, ending just four days before the start of the 2022 CrossFit Open.