Only a few folks can name themselves an Olympian, however the “fittest lady on Earth” goals to earn the title throughout not one, however two sports activities.
- Weightlifter and ‘world’s fittest lady’ Tia-Clair Toomey is seeking to a brand new sport
- She has been recruited by the Australian Olympic bobsled group
- Toomey has relocated to South Korea within the lead as much as the 2022 Winter Video games
Commonwealth Video games gold medal weightlifter Tia-Clair Toomey has additionally been topped CrossFit Video games champion title a record-breaking 4 years operating.
She’s going to try to defend her title for a fifth time in 2021, all whereas studying a brand new sport for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Toomey took to social media to announce her gearshift, of kinds — relocating to South Korea in December to coach with the Australian bobsled group.
“The truth that I’ve the chance to doubtlessly signify my nation in a special sport is simply so humbling, it is such an honour,” she stated.
“It’s kind of of an odd factor how I discovered myself on this place, however I am so excited to see what this new journey and journey can present.”
Coaching within the low season
Twenty months in the past, Toomey was contacted by the Australian bobsled group who had been eager to recruit the Olympian and CrossFit champion.
“I clearly wasn’t very aware of the season of bobsled, so I needed to see when their season was and if it lined up with my targets for CrossFit,” she stated.
Seems, it is the right match, with Toomey packing up her life within the US to give attention to studying new abilities on the ice in South Korea over the Australian summer season.
“, I am not completed with my CrossFit proper now, so that is within the low season,” she stated.
“Truthfully, it simply could not have performed out any higher; in my eyes [the two sports] solely complement one another.”
Many will bear in mind Toomey’s golden second in the course of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Video games, when she clean-and-jerked 114 kilograms in the course of the ladies’s 58kg weightlifting last.
Toomey additionally represented Australia in weightlifting on the 2016 Rio Olympics and stated all her expertise up to now, together with CrossFit, would solely assist her bobsled pursuits.
“It’s worthwhile to work in your energy, your velocity,” she stated.
“I do know there’s loads of dash velocity work, which I do loads of all through my CrossFit coaching.”
Bobsled racing includes crews of two or 4 athletes making timed runs down slim and banked ice tracks.
The game places an emphasis on bursts of energy and sprinting with power additionally wanted to push the sleds that weigh 128kg.
Already within the document books
Toomey is the one lady in historical past to win the CrossFit Video games 4 instances, a sport combining all parts of health together with gymnastics, lifting, power and endurance.
She stated the problem of a brand new purpose was giving her one thing to give attention to in the course of the CrossFit low season.
When she switches again to CrossFit coaching in February, it can additionally assist her Winter Olympic pursuits.
“I am simply getting that a lot stronger, that a lot quicker and fitter,” she stated.
Toomey’s husband and CrossFit coach Shane Orr has endured the two-week lodge quarantine in South Korea alongside his spouse.
“I am getting pumped for all the brand new experiences we are going to sort out within the coming weeks,” he posted on social media in the course of the lockdown.
Following within the footsteps of champions
Toomey isn’t the primary Australian athlete to make the change from Summer time to Winter video games.
Observe sprinter Paul Narracott completed fourth within the 200m last on the 1978 Commonwealth Video games and competed in Brisbane 1982 and on the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics earlier than becoming a member of the group for the 1992 Winter Video games in France.
Jana Pittman competed on the Sydney and Athens Olympics in athletics earlier than turning her consideration to bobsled to compete on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The previous hurdler-turned-brake-woman joined teammate Astrid Radjenovic to complete 14th.