Happy Monday Morning Chalk Up readers! It’s been one hell of a week watching Tia-Clair Toomey dominate the women’s field and claim her fifth consecutive CrossFit Games title. As for the men, it was Justin Medeiros who stood on top of the podium after repping that leader’s jersey for most of the week.
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
The Medeiros Era Begins
Prior to this season, many anointed Justin Medeiros as a champion-in-waiting. The 22-year-old is admittingly not a very patient person, so instead, he just went out and made it a reality on Sunday afternoon by finishing 32 points ahead of second place. Medeiros held-off Patrick Vellner and a host of Games veterans on the final day of competition to be crowned the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games “Fittest Man on Earth” in front of a sold-out Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI.
One big thing: With the retirement of five-time champion Mathew Fraser in February, the throne was left vacant with a host of heir apparents left in the wake of the announcement. The 2020 Rookie of the year took on those athletes consisting primarily of past podium finishers and proved that last year was not a fluke, becoming the youngest Games champion in history.
Medeiros won the title by being consistent across all 15 events, the most in Games history, averaging 6th across those grueling events.
His worst finish was 15th and he saved his best for the final day and the final event, recording his lone event win in the finale in front of an electric crowd and he was greeted by his parents at the finish line.
His final day of competition consisted of third, second and the event win to clinch the title.
He had just one event finish outside the top-10 and seven top-5 finishes.
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Mayhem finished atop the podium again this weekend, but there was only one question on everyone’s lips.
“What’s the red thing in Rich’s mouth?”
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Third-Place Battle Between Thorisdottir and Holte: It was game of back and forth in the final days of competition when it came to who would lock in the coveted third place podium position. Heading into Sunday, Kristin Holte was ahead of Annie Thorisdottir by ten points but come the day’s end, it was Thorisdottir who stepped back on the podium for the first time since 2017.
Toomey claims early victory: After the first event yesterday morning, Tia-Clair Toomey had enough points to claim her fifth consecutive first-place finish before the final two events of the day. In doing so, she ties Mathew Fraser for five straight CrossFit Games championships but surpasses Fraser in the number of individual event wins.
Get well soon Brooke: In an attempt to snatch the 190 pound/86kg barbell in IE12, Brooke Wells dislocated her elbow and was forced to medically withdraw from the CrossFit Games.
Wells: “I dedicated my life to being prepared for this year’s CrossFit Games and I’m absolutely the fittest I’ve ever been. To not be able to fight for a podium spot today crushes me, but I’ll be back.”
With five championships Tia-Clair Toomey stands high above the field of female competitors. It’s not just five, it’s five straight, from Carson to Madison to Aromas back to Madison, navigating COVID, season changes, season changes again, then season changes again.
Regardless of the format, Toomey has found a way to win, and frequently in dominant fashion.
Her career is already wildly impressive. She hasn’t lost a live event since the 2017 Regionals. And now she has tied the Fittest Man in History with five CrossFit Games championships.
Plotting Her Sixth
At a press conference after the event, Toomey laid out plans for the next season including a return to the CrossFit Games, putting to bed rumors that she would stop at five like Mat Fraser.
“I’m hoping to make the Winter Olympics for bobsled. I’ll probably do Rogue Invitational. And then next season, do it all over again.”
When asked if her motivation for going for six titles was fueled by a desire to one-up her longtime training partner, she said:
“What Mat did was nothing short of incredible. But what Mat does in his life is what he does, and what I do is very separate and I didn’t start this sport because of Mat Fraser and I’m not going to quit this sport because of Mat Fraser.”
From Pregnancy to Podium, the Queen of Iceland Returns
Annie Thoridsdottir’s patented smile was nowhere to be seen during the final event at the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games.
She looked focused, almost fierce, as she worked her way through the 600-meter row, 90 chest-to-bar pull-ups, and 108-feet of 135 pound/60kg lunges that led to the finish line.
Thorisdottir was on a mission- To make it to the podium at the finish line before Norway’s Kristin Holte, so she could stand on the real podium.
From start to finish, Thorisdottir led Holte, looking poised and confident, as if there was never a chance she would falter.
Thorisdottir finished her final lunge, but instead of throwing her hands in the air and waving to the crowd while leaping onto the podium as she has done so many times in the past, she dropped her barbell and collapsed, breaking into tears at the realization that—after giving birth to her daughter Freyja a little less than a year ago—she had made her way back to the podium for the first time in four years.
“I’m so glad I competed,” she said moments later, now smiling and laughing through tears, as she embraced her husband Frederick Aegidius.
Making history: Thorisdottir has become the first woman to get back to the podium at the CrossFit Games within a year of giving birth. She’s also the first mother to podium since Valorie Voboril in 2013.
“Yes I won the CrossFit Games twice and nothing will top the experience of winning the CrossFit Games…but I wasn’t even planning on being here. I didn’t think I could compete. And I podiumed,” Thorisdottir said, breaking down again in an interview on the floor just moments after the event.
2021 CrossFit Games Individual Final Day Recap, Line-By-Line
The final day of the 2021 individual competition at the CrossFit Games opened with three events on tap and by the end of the day, three men and three women atop the podium. Fifteen tough events rounded out a stout competition, but when it was all said and done, Tia-Clair Toomey made history once again, and the men’s division crowned a new champion in Justin Medeiros. Here’s the final recap.
Justin Medeiros (1134) | Tia-Clair Toomey (1435)
Patrick Vellner (1102) Laura Horvath (1179)
Brent Fikowski (998) | Annie Thorisdottir (1099)
Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson (979) | Kristin Holte (1064)
Saxon Panchik (901) | Haley Adams (995)
Jonne Koski (875) |Gabriella Migala (972)
Guilherme Malheiros (873) | Mallory O’Brien (963)
Alex Vigneault (847) |Kristi Eramo-O’Connell (959)
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