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The GOAT debate (the greatest debate ever) is a debate that rages in the halls of every sport. LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan, Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo, will Conor McDavid be better than Wayne Gretzky?
CrossFit sparks more heated discussions about gender equality in its own sport, who is the best ever, male or female? Rich Froning has four individual titles, five team titles, Mat Fraser has five, and then Australian superstar Tia-Clair Toomey.
Now, Toomey is flirting with the CrossFit immortality as she won every event in two days of Torian Pro, and if she can keep it that way through the end of the race and the other two, it will be an unprecedented domination exhibit. There is no recorded CrossFit athlete who has ever competed in a sanctioned competition, winning every event.
Not only did Toomey win this week, but she was so far ahead of her competitors that it’s easy to imagine their frustration. She won the “2014 Regional Event 5” by 30 seconds in a workout that lasted only four minutes, broke programming in “Don’t Stop Me Now”, and finished in just two rounds, the only male athlete or women do. Oh yes, she’s tied for the world record at 245 pounds in a barbell complex (she can also hit at least 250 pounds).
The race was no slouch on the Torian Pro, too, as she faced a stacked field that could put a handful of women at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games with a potential podium finish.
New moms Kara Sanders, Jamie Symonds returning from injuries eager to prove their newest Allie Turner are formidable opponents and Toomey could have reached cruise control after day one And likely to berth, but her plans seem otherwise – to rule completely.
🤢🤢🤢 @TiaToomey Complete all snatch in a row to complete all 60 snatch in 3 rounds (5:59).
every 2 minutes
15 chest-to-bar pull-ups
15/10 Echo Bike Card
Maximum snatch 105/75
Rest for 2 minutes, then repeat until 60 snatch reps are complete. 4 round caps pic.twitter.com/8WKKMcJoXu
– Morning Chalk (@MorningChalkUp) May 21, 2022
Unless completely unforeseen, she’ll also claim her sixth CrossFit Games title this summer, which will put her ahead of Froning and Fraser. With the exception of the few who think Froning’s team achievements are on par with individual championships, there will be no more arguments after this summer that Toomey will be the greatest CrossFit athlete of all time, and she will set a benchmark so high, so high Unattainable, it will likely engrave her in immortality like Gretzky and Jordan.
With such a grand achievement, Toomey’s legacy will stand the test of time. It’s completely inconceivable to think that in this new era of CrossFit parity, someone could string together six consecutive titles, and the only one that’s out of reach is Justin Medeiros, whose name is one of them.
Toomey’s rise to CrossFit dominance is well documented, and a key mindset shift following her two runner-up finishes in 2016 led to the emergence of a new athlete who was nearly unstoppable on the field. As Toomey reassessed her career as a CrossFit athlete, whatever was going on in her head should be studied by clinical professionals as it gave birth to one of the greatest athletes of all time, and what we were and will be The greatest CrossFit athlete, most likely to see.