By matching strongman Rob Orlando in the thruster ladder, T.J. O’Neill helped the CrossFit Southie team place fourth at the Northeast Regional. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.
On the second day of the Reebok CrossFit Games Northeast Regional, T.J. O’Neill walked into the venue wearing a green, yellow and red Rasta hat, a fabric anklet, and sandals.
On the third day of the event, the CrossFit Southie team athlete walked onto the outdoor competition floor wearing an American-flag bandana with part of his shoulder-length hair pulled into a ponytail atop his head. He sported black Converse high-tops that looked like they had seen better days, and he had a toothpick in his mouth.
But what might be most important to mention is O’Neill’s first day at the regional. That’s when he became the only person to match Rob Orlando in the thruster-ladder workout at 275 lb.