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Heights and Placements of Female CrossFit Athletes in 2022

Updated: Mar 8, 2023

CrossFit has become a global phenomenon, attracting athletes from all backgrounds and skill levels. The 2022 CrossFit Games brought together some of the most impressive female athletes in the world, showcasing their exceptional talent and dedication to the sport.

In this article, we present a roster of female CrossFit athletes arranged by their height and placement in the 2022 CrossFit Games. From Brazilian gymnast Julia Kato to six-time CrossFit Games champion Tia-Clair Toomey, read on to learn about the unique strengths and achievements of these remarkable women.

What Is The Best Height For A Female CrossFit Athlete?

The female CrossFit athletes who competed at the 2022 CrossFit Games varied in height from 5 '3'' to 5 '7", yet all demonstrated incredible athleticism and skills.

Tia-Clair Toomey is the six-time champion, who is 5'4"" (163cm). So does that mean that this is the perfect height for female CrossFit athletes?

In this article, we've presented a meticulously compiled record of female CrossFit athletes who took part in the 2022 CrossFit Games, listed in order of ascending height and accompanied by their respective placements. This serves as a testament to the fact that height is not a limiting factor in achieving success in CrossFit, and that with dedication and commitment, athletes of all sizes and heights can excel in this demanding sport.

Heights of Female CrossFit Athletes in 2022

The following roster presents a representative list of female athletes who participated and succeeded in the 2022 CrossFit Games, arranged in increasing order of height and classified by their respective placements.

Julia Kato - 5'3" - 37th place

Julia Kato, a Brazilian CrossFit athlete placed 37th in the 2022 CrossFit Games. Standing at 5'3" (160cm), Kato has a background in gymnastics and dance, which has helped her develop impeccable form and impressive gymnastics skills.

Her dedication to training and hard work is evident in her athletic achievements, for which she is exceptionally respected by her peers in the CrossFit community.

Julia Kato Height - 5'3" (160cm)
Julia Kato Height - 5'3" (160cm) - Left


Mal O'Brien - 5'3" - 2nd place

Mal is an American CrossFit athlete who is touted to be the 2023 fittest female in the world. She is known for her impressive strength and endurance and has competed in several CrossFit Games Regional events, placing at the top in many of them.

In the 2022 CrossFit games, Mal finished in 2nd place and has a height of 5'3" (160cm).

Keep an eye out for Mal in 2023; we're expecting huge things!

Mal O'Brien Height - 5'3" (160cm) - Middle
Mal O'Brien Height - 5'3" (160cm) - Middle


Tia Clair-Toomey - 5'4" - 1st place 🐐

Hailing from Australia, Tia Clair-Toomey is widely recognised as one of the most exceptional CrossFit athletes to grace the sport. Standing at 5'4" (163cm), her formidable talent and skill have been on full display with her latest victory, clinching 1st place in the 2022 CrossFit Games and her sixth consecutive CrossFit Games championship.

She is also famously known for her dedication to training and nutrition and her proficiency in weightlifting.

Sadly, Tia won't be able to compete for a seventh consecutive championship in 2023 as she is pregnant. We expect to see her back in 2024 better than ever!

Tia Clair-Toomey Height - 5'4" (163cm) - Middle
Tia Clair-Toomey Height - 5'4" (163cm) - Middle


Kara Saunders - 5'4" - 7th place

Kara Saunders is an Australian CrossFit athlete.

She is a 10-time CrossFit Games competitor, finishing in the top 5 on 3 occasions.

In the 2022 CrossFit Games, she finished in 7th place overall, demonstrating her resilience and perseverance to continue competing at the highest level even after a pregnancy. She has decided not to compete in the 2023 CrossFit Open and anticipate that she may announce her retirement in the near future.

Kara is 5'4" tall (163cm).

Kara Saunders Height - 5'4" (163cm) - Middle
Kara Saunders Height - 5'4" (163cm) - Middle


Freya Moosbrugger - 5'5" - 32nd place

Freya Moosbrugger is a Canadian CrossFit athlete who stands at 5'5" (165cm). She competed in the individual women's division in the 2022 CrossFit Games, finishing in 32nd place overall.

Moosbrugger has been competing in CrossFit for several years and has also competed in various weightlifting competitions. She is well-known for her remarkable strength and persistence, even though she is one of the lighter athletes.

Freya Moosbrugger Height - 5'5" (165cm)
Freya Moosbrugger Height - 5'5" (165cm)


Brooke Wells - 5'6" - 5th place

Brooke Wells is an American CrossFit athlete standing at 5'6" (167cm).

Wells is an 8-time CrossFit Games competitor who has placed in the top 10 on four occasions. In 2021, she dislocated her elbow whilst attempting a heavy snatch at the Games. To achieve a top-5 finish in 2022 is an incredible achievement considering the extensive rehab that she had to go through to get back to where she was.

She is an inspiration to many young women!

Brooke Wells Height - 5'6" (167cm)
Brooke Wells Height - 5'6" (167cm)


Christine Kolenbrander - 5'6" - 27th place

Christine Kolenbrander is a notable CrossFit athlete from the United States, with a height of 5'6". (167cm).

She has competed at the CrossFit Games on 3 occasions, with her best finish being 5th in 2018. After a considerably long break, she managed to achieve 27th place in the 2022 CrossFit Games.


Haley Adams (5'7") - 9th place

Haley Adams is another American CrossFit athlete from North Carolina, standing at 5'7" (170cm). For comparison purposes, this is the same height as Mat Fraser.

She has already competed at the CrossFit games 4 times even though she is only 21 years old! Her highest placing came in 2020 when she came 4th.

Unfortunately, Haley won't be competing at the 2023 CrossFit games as she is taking a year off due to mental health reasons. We are confident Haley will come back bigger & stronger in 2024!

Haley Adams Height - 5'7" (170cm)
Haley Adams Height - 5'7" (170cm)


Laura Horvath (5'7") - 3rd place

Laura Horvath is a Hungarian CrossFit athlete standing at 5'7" (170cm).

With a background in rock climbing, she is known for her impressive gymnastics skills however she does have a weakness when it comes to handstand pushups.

In 2022, Horvath had an amazing last day in the CrossFit games, eventually finishing 3rd overall. She has competed at 5 consecutive CrossFit games, placing on the podium 3 out of the 5 times - very impressive!

We expect 2023 to be a huge year for Laura.

Laura Horvath Height - 5'7" (170cm) - Left
Laura Horvath Height - 5'7" (170cm) - Left


Sara Sigmundsdóttir (5'8") - N/A

Whilst Sara did not make the CrossFit games in 2022, she has been a stalwart of the Games in previous years and is well worth a mention.

She has competed at the CrossFit Games on 6 separate occasions and has been on the podium twice.


So, does height matter as a CrossFit athlete?

Whilst the male & female GOATs are typically shorter (Mat Fraser, Rich Froning & Tia Clare), the female CrossFit athletes who participated in the 2022 CrossFit Games proved that success in the sport is not determined solely by one's height.

Each competitor demonstrated a unique combination of skill, strength, and unwavering determination, proving their ability to compete with the best in the field.

By showcasing their unique strengths and achievements, these female CrossFit athletes have become notable figures in the sport, inspiring and empowering women to pursue their passions in fitness and athletics. Their relentless drive and spirit have shattered stereotypes and surpassed previously established limits, showcasing that anything can be accomplished with hard work and dedication.

Their impact on the sport and the people around them is indescribable and remarkable as they continue to forge paths in the world of CrossFit. Their rankings in the competition reflect their hard work and commitment to the sport, not their height.

The bottom line is; if you put in the work, you'll reap the rewards - no matter what your height is!

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