Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias

Anna started her sailing journey as a young girl growing up in the UK and not really enjoying the sport. After her move to the USA at the age of 12 she started to develop a love for the sport.  It was at the age of 12 that she stated to her parents that one day she wanted to win an Olympic Gold Medal.

She attended Old Dominion University where her sailing really started to fall into place winning 4 national titles for the school and being named 3-time women’s All American, 1-time co-ed All American and Quantum College Sailor of the Year.  After college she dove into Olympic sailing in the Laser Radial where she ended up winning the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympics.  The next quad was focused on Match Racing where her and her team of Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi were ranked number one in the world, won the 2011 World Championships, and finished 5th at the 2012 Olympics. Anna has also won 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.

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After the 2012 Olympics, Anna retired from Olympic sailing to focus on CrossFit, both competitively and with her gym, which she owns with her husband, Brad, and parents.  She attended 6 CrossFit Games, 5 as an individual athlete with two top 10 overall finishes, and in 2018 as a Masters Athlete claiming the title of Fittest on Earth.

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In early 2018, she teamed up with Paris to see how the chemistry was and to see if the fit was right in the boat. Anna moved from her usual driving position to the front of the boat to crew.  It all looked like it was going to work and they teamed up to commit to campaigning for Gold for the 2020 Olympics. They battled hard during the 2020 Olympic Trials and unfortunately missed out on the qualification due to losing a double-tie breaker.  However, roughly two years later, they have teamed up again and are committed more than ever to qualifying the USA for the Paris 2024 Olympics and to bring home the Gold.