inov-8 is delighted to announce the signing of two of the world’s fittest athletes – Dan Bailey and Anna Tunnicliffe.
Like any WOD, inov-8 tries to push team inov-8 to the max – demanding more competition, requiring intense passion and commitment, and testing the team with new sports, like adding CrossFit competitors to the lineup in 2010. However, unlike life in the box, it isn’t all about pull ups, snatches and deadlifts. There is more to our athletes than just CrossFit; we are a team of committed athletes.
With this in mind, inov-8 sought out key athletes to join team inov-8 in 2014 that embodied the committed athlete profile within the CrossFit community.
Despite their top ten finishes at the 2013 CrossFit Games, Dan Bailey and Anna Tunnicliffe bring more to the table than just eighth and ninth “Fittest Man/Woman in the World” respectively. Both are true athletes, competing in different sports prior to their involvement in CrossFit.
A gold medalist in the laser radial class at the 2008 Beijing Games, Anna Tunnicliffe, who was born in Doncaster, England, aims to push boundaries even further in 2014.
The 31-year-old, who also competed on the water in the 2012 London Olympics and is a two-time World Sailor of the Year, stresses, “My focus now is on functional fitness and pushing my body to the limit against the fittest athletes on the planet.”
Despite her commitment in sailing, Tunnicliffe took on CrossFit full force and balanced both until her 2013 run at the Games. “After the 2012 Olympics I started training hard for the 2013 CrossFit Games. I had a long way to go and only 9 months to do it in.”
Tunnicliffe, set to compete at the East Coast Championships January 25 and 26, may be familiar to some already for her sailing career and her popular appearance in ESPN Magazine’s “The Body Issue” in 2012 (where she appeared on a sailing boat in the nude-magazine link in email).
“I’m delighted to have joined inov-8’s tribe of committed athletes.”
inov-8 – who design and manufacture naturally fast, stripped-back products and shoes with the best grip for committed athletes across the globe – have also recruited Dan Bailey to their 2014 team of athletes.
US-based Dan, a former track and field star at Ohio University, placed eighth at last year’s CrossFit Games.
“I was a quarter miler in high school and college. Anyone who has run that race knows that when you step up to the starting line you have to be mentally prepared to embrace a large amount of pain in a very short amount of time. CrossFit requires the same mental attitude.
Like Tunnicliffe, despite being a relative newcomer, he is taking the sport by storm and is tipped for big things in 2014.
“I was looking for a new sport/hobby after two years of being done competing in college track and field. A friend of mine mentioned CrossFit and had me try a couple of workouts, I did fairly well on my first try, won my first competition and never looked back.
Both Bailey and Tunnicliffe are relative new comers to the sport, but their intense competition means they are taking it by storm. Tunnicliffe completed five events in the top ten at the 2013 CrossFit Games while Bailey finished second in the zigzag sprint event, and he also set the record for Diane at the Central East Regionals in 2012 (time 1:35).
Both respect sport, in all forms, making them a powerful addition to the team amongst trail running Champion Alex Nichols and obstacle racer and Spartan Beast Winner Cody Moat.
Both athletes will be in attendance at inov-8’s first international team retreat this coming February. Marquee athletes will come together to learn more about inov-8 products and each other’s sports to unite the tribes of competitors, as the brand does with its products.
The full team announcement will be available soon.