Report: Tia-Clair Toomey Confirms Move to Cookeville, Tennessee

Well, Cookeville, Tennessee just got a heck of a lot fitter.

Yesterday, in an interview with BOXROX, two-time Fittest Woman on Earth™ Tia-Clair Toomey confirmed the rumors about her and partner Shane Orr’s potential move to Cookeville, Tennesee. This recent move now makes Cookeville, Tennessee the hub of three recent individual Reebok CrossFit Games Champions, which include Mat Fraser, Rich Froning, and of course, Toomey.

For context, in early August, we reported on Toomey’s potential move to Cookeville when CrossFit HQ posted their video “Update Show: 2018 Games – Teams’ Recap”. This video featured discussions about Froning’s CrossFit Mayhem teams’ placings, along with talks and a list about the athletes who currently reside in, have lived in, and will potentially be residing in Cookeville in the near future.

To no surprise, Toomey was named that list. At the time, some fans thought that was pure speculation but per BOXROX’s interview, it appears that Toomey and Orr knew at the they’d make it happen.

In the interview, Toomey and Orr were asked about the Cookeville rumors to which Toomey responded:

“The rumors are true. We are heading to Cookeville.” Then Orr added, Originally the rumors before the Games were not true at that point. However we can happily say that they are now true.”

The video above that spurred the initial rumors was filmed after the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games, so if we’re looking at the dates, then Toomey and Orr made the decision after the August 10 upload date. Then again when he said “rumors before the Games,” Orr could have been referencing the new (and, let’s be honest, controversial) format of the 2019 CrossFit Games. But that’s all besides the point.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this move fares after all of the 2019 CrossFit Game changes, but one thing’s for sure: The Open just got more competitive.

Feature image from @tiaclair1 Instagram page. 

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