Anna Tunnicliffe

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Anna Tunnicliffe
Personal information
Nationality American
Born October 17, 1982 (1982-10-17) (age 34)
Doncaster, England
Alma mater Old Dominion University

Anna Tunnicliffe (born October 17, 1982) is an American sailor and CrossFit competitor.[1] In 2008 she won an Olympic gold medal in the Laser Radial single handed sailing class.[2] In 2009 and 2011, she won the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Laser Radial.[3] 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,[4][5] 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, and 2016. 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.

Biography[edit]

Anna Tunnicliffe was born in Doncaster, England. Her parents owned a yacht when she was a child and introduced her to sailing. Anna moved to Perrysburg, Ohio, in the United States, with her family at the age of 12. She attended Perrysburg High School and joined the North Cape Yacht Club, racing Optimists and other small boats for the next five years. In 1999 she began sailing the Laser Radial. Her first event in this boat was at the Leiter Cup in Detroit, Michigan. Despite her small build she advanced to the Smythe Finals for her area, where she was the only woman sailing. She participated in cross country, swimming, and track at the varsity level. In her senior year she won the district track championships in the 800 meters, setting a new high school record of 2 minutes 17.56 seconds. After choosing sailing over track, she decided to go to the Old Dominion University to study and sail.

In January 2014, Tunnicliffe announced her retirement from Olympic Sailing after 12 years of competition.[6][7][8] She continues to pursue her professional CrossFit career.

Awards[edit]

Tunnicliffe helped to bring four national championships to ODU, including the Women’s National Championship and three Women’s Single-Handed championships. She competed as an A division skipper for the women’s team and B division skipper for the co-ed team during her junior year, and as an A division skipper for both teams as a senior. In her sophomore through senior years, Tunnicliffe was awarded women’s team all American status; she earned co-ed all American status in her senior year. For every year the Quantum Sailor of the Year award (recognizing the top American college female sailor) was given, Tunnicliffe was a finalist. She was a runner up her junior year, missing 1st by 0.02 points, and won in her senior year. She was one of three finalists for the ICSA sportsmanship trophy.[9]

Tunnicliffe was ranked 1st in the world for the women's singlehanded dinghy, the Laser Radial.

Sailing finishes[edit]

Year Class of boat Event Location Country Finishing Place
2002 Europe – Women (Olympic Class: 1989–2004) Rolex Miami OCR Miami, Florida USA 8
2005 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Rolex Miami OCR Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida USA 2
2005 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Midwinters East Clearwater Yacht Club, Florida USA 2
2005 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Kieler Woche Baltic Sea / Kiel GER 22
2005 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Atlantic Coast Championship Brant Beach, New Jersey USA 2
2005 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial European Championship Split CRO 8
2005 Match Racing – Women's Rolex Osprey Cup 2005 Petersburg, FL USA 2
2005 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial World Championship Fortaleza, Ceara BRA 3
2006 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Rolex Miami OCR Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida USA 1
2006 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial North American Championship Fort Lauderdale USA 2
2006 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Midwinters East Clearwater, Florida USA 2
2006 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy HRH Princess Sofia Trophy Palma de Majorca, Spain ESP 4
2006 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Semaine Olympique Française Hyères FRA 5
2006 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy ISAF World Sailing Games Lake Neusiedl AUT 7
2006 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial World Championships Los Angeles USA 4
2006 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Qingdao International Regatta – Test Event Qingdao CHN 4
2007 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Qingdao International Regatta – Pre-Olympics Qingdao CHN 1
2007 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial Mid Winter Regatta Clearwater, Fla. USA 1
2007 Laser Radial – Women's One Person Dinghy USA Olympic Trials Newport, RI. USA 1
2008 Snipe Women's worlds Roquetas de Mar ESP 2
2009 Laser Radial ISAF Sailing World Cup 1
2010 Snipe Women's worlds St. Petersburg, Florida USA 1
2011 Elliott 6m – Women's Match Racing ISAF Sailing World Cup Perth AUS 1

CrossFit Games results[edit]

Year Games Regionals Open (Worldwide)
2012[10] 125th
2013[10] 9th 2nd (South East) 101st
2014[10] 22nd 3rd (Mid Atlantic) 11th
2015[10] 22nd 3rd (Atlantic) 35th
2016[10] 10th 2nd (Atlantic) 56th

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anna, Tunnicliffe. "Athletes: Anna Tunnicliffe". CrossFit Games. CrossFit. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Anna Tunnicliffe". teamusa. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Anna Tunnicliffe". The International Sailing Federation. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Anna Tunnicliffe, Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez Honoured By The Sailing World". The International Sailing Federation. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Anna Tunnicliffe wins sailing award". Associated Press. November 9, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Anna Tunnicliffe retires from Olympic Sailing". Scuttlebutt Sailing News. 
  7. ^ "Sail World – Anna Tunnicliffe announces retirement from Olympic sailing". Sail-World.com. 
  8. ^ "Sail World – Top US Woman sailor announces retirement from Olympic Competition". Sail-World.com. 
  9. ^ "Anna Tunnicliffe". Old Dominion University. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "CrossFit Games Leaderboard". Retrieved 2015-10-16. 

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