Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias is an Olympic gold medalist and World Champion Sailer and has competed in numerous CrossFit Games, with a 9th place finish in 2013 with several individual event wins during those games. Today she joins us to talk about owning a CrossFit gym, her adventures in sailing, how to get into CrossFit, and tips for sailing!
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Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias (born October 17, 1982) is an American sailor and CrossFit competitor. In 2008 she won an Olympic gold medal in the Laser Radial single handed sailing class. In 2009 and 2011, she won the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Laser Radial. She also won the women’s world championship of the snipe class in 2010, and placed second in 2008.
She was named ICSA Women’s College Sailor of the Year in 2005, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2009 and 2011, and US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year every year from 2008–2011.
Tunnicliffe also competes at the highest level in CrossFit, appearing at the CrossFit Games in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Her best finish was 9th overall, in 2013. She has three first-place event finishes at the Games: “The Beach” in 2014, “Sandbag 2015” in 2015, and “Rope Chipper” in 2016.
On 27 August 2016, Anna Tunnicliffe married her longtime CrossFit coach Brad Tobias and changed her name to Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias. She and her husband co-own T2CrossFit in Pittsburgh, PA.