Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr is still coming to terms with the ‘grossly unfair’ way she left Australia’s Winter Olympic bobsled team, but she’s using resentment as fuel to win her sixth Crosses title FitGames.
Toomey-Orr, who has returned to training at the family’s Sunshine Coast farm ahead of this weekend’s Cross Fit Games semi-finals in Brisbane, said not getting the chance to compete in Beijing was “hugely disappointing “.
The 28-year-old made the weightlifting final at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
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Selectors instead chose athletes Bree Walker and Kiara Reddingius to compete. They finished 16th in the women’s two-man event.
Walker, a former 400m hurdler, finished fifth in the first women’s monobob race.
“It was a tough pill to swallow as we weren’t named and selected for the Australian squad,” Toomey-Orr said.
“It was a kick in the gut and something that I found extremely unfair. But those kicks and backhands are also what make the sport so exciting.
Toomey-Orr said it was something she was still working on coming to terms with and admitted there was a level of resentment there.
Missing out, after putting her life on hold and moving on to a new sport, temporarily zapped Toomey-Orr’s motivation.
“I wasn’t going to allow this moment to define who I am as a person and my career as an athlete,” she said.
“I was able to understand how important it is to accept what happened and use it as energy and fuel to prepare for a truly successful CrossFit season.”
Toomey-Orr could have qualified for the CrossFit Games by competing at an event near her US home in Nashville, but the chance to see family and friends and compete in front of a local audience for the first time in three years was too good an opportunity. Give Way.
“Finally having everything I want, here together, makes you feel like you’re on top of the world,” Toomey-Orr said.
“It was great preparation and led to the Torian Pro CrossFit Games Semi-Final.”
His normal competitive nerves were replaced with pure excitement.
“I actually have to contain my excitement because if I get too excited I’m afraid I’ll go crazy and go out on the competition field and not be able to follow my plan,” she said.
The record five-time CrossFit Games winner will compete alongside the best of the best in the Torian Pro CrossFit Games Semi-Final at the Queensland Tennis Center from Friday to Sunday.
If Toomey-Orr won her sixth title in August, she would be the first person in games history to do so.
However, she doesn’t let the pressure get to her.
“I just take one workout at a time,” Toomey-Orr said.
“The objective is obviously to get that sixth title, but at the moment I don’t want to think too much about the future, I just try to stay in the present, understand everything and enjoy it.”
As for the future – Toomey-Orr said she’s only focused on making the CrossFit Games finals, but she hasn’t ruled out competing for a spot on the weightlifting team for the 2024 Paris Olympics .