Is There Anything Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr Can't Do?


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • With her fans brandishing pink lightsabers and her coaches/training partners Hayley and Josh Murillo by her side, Haley Adams has returned! (And the Force is strong with her.)

  • Week three of the CrossFit Games Semifinals gave us plenty to analyze. We start today by nerding out on impressive stats out of North America East.

  • Every time it seems like there’s nothing else Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr can do to shock and surprise fans, she sets the bar even higher. Revisit her weekend of dominance below.


“I have been looking forward to it for a whole year,” - Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr following her Event 2 win on how she felt coming back to Semifinals in 2024


Credit: Carlos Fleury

Haley Adams Returns to Competition, Wins Community’s Heart in Knoxville

The air was tense as the camera panned down the line of women of the second heat in Event 1 at the North America East Semifinal. 

Each athlete had their hand touching their pylon, their eyes focused ahead on their run path, and their face serious. 

Then the camera came to Haley Adams, who was beaming with joy as she took to the competition floor for the first time after a season off. 

Adams’ radiant smile gleamed, and her eyes twinkled as she took off for her first run. 

Adams and Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr battled for the entirety of the event, with Adams ultimately taking second.

Think about that.

Not very long ago, Adams was unsure if she would ever compete again.


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🥇🎟️ Week three of the 2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals is done and dusted, bringing a close to the middle portion of the Games season. Get caught up on all the action from all seven regions below:

🤬🤬 Memes by Wooley: Over the weekend, Make WODs Great Again, the platform created by affiliate owner/memelord John Wooley, was shut down by Instagram.

  • Give his new platform, Memes by Wooley, a follow. Soon, Wooley will share the whole story with Morning Chalk Up readers.

Rogue Invitational Qualifying System: The Rogue Invitational announced a new qualifying system for its annual event, which is moving to Aberdeen, Scotland, in 2024.

  • From the announcement: “Over the past few years, we have been working on the method to select the best CrossFit athletes in the sport. This system takes into account the most recent event performance along with the last five years. There is a predictive component to replace missing scores due to various life events.”

  • The post clarified that Rogue “reserve[s] the right to invite anyone but plan on using this to choose a MIN of 10 along with 5 MIN from the Q.”

  • Check out more details on the qualifying system and search for athletes here.

🇺🇸💪 Congratulations to Shaun Gardner: He completed 21 rounds of Murph in 24 hours and raised over $10,000 for WarriorWOD.

  • WarriorWOD uses fitness, health, and mentorship as prescriptions to help Vets recover from PTSD and reduce veteran suicide. This is the third year that Gardner has done multiple Murphs, each year highlighting his strength, endurance, and support for veterans.

  • Head here to read more about Gardner and his accomplishments.

🏳️‍🌈💛 Reebok Unveils “Unity by Reebok” for 2024 Pride: The collection, according to Reebok, “features expressive and colorful graphics inspired by the traditional tie-dyed garments seen within Pride parades across the globe, plus apparel featuring the collection’s mantra: ‘For Anybody and Everybody.’”

🏆 TYR Wodapalooza Drops TYR Cup Details: The team at Loud and Live is dropping more info about the inaugural event this Fall. Stay in the know below:

  • With more details out in the world, the TYR Cup crew posted this hype video laying out everything you need to know. Check it out now!

  • The prize purse for the event will be $250,000, broken down as follows:

    • TYR Cup Champs: $160k per team
      Runner-ups: $40k per team
      MVP: $10k - Awarded to the individual with the greatest singular positive impact on their team’s success.
      The remaining $40k will be shared across the remaining division champs.

ICYMI: How finding balance and joining group classes at her affiliate helped CrossFit Games rookie qualifier Hattie Kanyo get over the hump.


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Nerding Out On the 2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals: 10 Stats from North America East

After a busy final week, the 2024 CrossFit Games Semifinals are over.

During the last Semifinals weekend, fans witnessed greatness in the return of Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr, had their hearts stolen by a back-and-healthier-than-ever Haley Adams, and jumped out of their seats as Jeff Adler, Dallin Pepper, and Roman Khrennikov traded blows and separated themselves from the pack. 

To start to get a better sense of what went down in Knoxville at the North America East Semifinal, let’s take a look at some of the stats that defined the competition.

  1. The “Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr is a cyborg sent back from the future to own Semifinals” career stat line, so far:

  • Total events: 18

  • Total event wins: 15 (the remaining include a second and two third-place finishes)

  • Win streak: 13 (from “Inception” at the MACC in 2021 through Event 3 at Syndicate Crown this year) 


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Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr Proves Unbeatable as Ever in Knoxville

It’s not supposed to be that easy.

Pregnancy and childbirth change a woman’s body and getting back to something resembling full form takes time, even for the best athletes in the world.

But Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr has officially defied these laws. 

The six-time Fittest Woman on Earth — competing 12 months after giving birth to her daughter, Willow — was arguably more dominant than ever at the 2024 North America East Semifinal in Knoxville, TN.

  • She finished the weekend with five event wins and one third-place finish. She racked up 594 out of a possible 600 points along the way, 78 points more than second-place finisher Alexis Raptis.

In 2022, Toomey-Orr won all six events at the Torian Pro Semifinals; however, this weekend's jam-packed field in Knoxville was arguably a more competitive, deeper field than the one in Australia that year.

  • The year before, in 2021, Toomey-Orr finished with 588 points, six less than her postpartum performance this weekend. 

What Toomey-Orr is saying: In an on-floor interview after Event 2, Toomey-Orr admitted it was a challenge to attend last year’s Semifinals as a spectator, but this only made her hungrier.

“I have been looking forward to it for a whole year,” she said with a smirk.


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  • 🇺🇸Congratulations to Shaun Gardner, Warrior WOD mentor, who completed 24 hours of Murph on May 29. Read more about his accomplishment here.

  • Nice work to Eyglo of Iceland on the 116-kilo/255-pound clean and jerk PR.

  • Congratulations to A’Marria of Core City CrossFit in Detroit, MI, on earning student of the year.

  • Congratulations to Lauren Fisher and Jessi Smith on completing a Hyrox race this last weekend.

  • 🙌Congratulations to Chris Harris, who also competed at Hyrox this last weekend.