How Much Did the Top Athletes Make at the 2019 CrossFit Games
How Much Did the Top Athletes Make at the 2019 CrossFit Games?
The 2018 edition of the annual competition was held in Colorado Springs, CO. The event is known as “CrossFit Games” and it’s one of the largest competitions with over 5,000 competitors from all around world. The 2017 edition was held in Los Angeles, CA.
For this year’s event, the top male and female athletes were awarded $100K each while the winner took home $50K.
In addition to these cash prizes, there are other perks like free hotel rooms for life and sponsorship opportunities. For example:
Sponsorships include: Nike, Under Armour, BarBend (a bar), Puma (shoes) and many others!
Nike sponsored the first two years of the competition but dropped out this year due to lack of interest. They will likely return next year.
Under Armour sponsored last year’s event, but they did not sponsor this year’s event because they had too much competition from other brands. So they decided to drop out altogether. They still plan on sponsoring future events in the future so stay tuned!
The top 10 male and female CrossFit athletes are awarded cash prizes. A share of the prize money is awarded based on each athlete’s finish position during the competition.
The first place winner also gets free tickets to next year’s games as well as other perks like free hotel rooms for life and more.
Despite dropping down to the second place this year, Tia-Clair Toomey was able to tie a record for most wins by a female athlete. Last year, she earned the title of “Fittest Woman on Earth.” She is only 22 years old and will assuredly return next year in an effort to defend her title. She has won over $250K in cash prizes alone throughout her CrossFit career.
The second place winner is Mathew Fraser who hails from Victoria, Australia. He is just 23 years old and has already earned the title as “Fittest Man on Earth.” He has won over $200K in cash prizes alone throughout his CrossFit career.
The third place winner is Ben Smith who hails from Seattle, WA. He was the runner-up last year and has won over $100K in cash prizes alone throughout his CrossFit career.
The top 10 male and female CrossFit athletes are awarded cash prizes as well as other perks like free hotel rooms for life and more.
How Did Mathew Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey Do at This Year’s CrossFit Games?
As described in the above section, this year’s competition was won by Mathew Fraser from Victoria, Australia and Tia-Clair Toomey from Brisbane, Australia.
Mathew is a 23-year-old entrepreneur who is the owner of a business management company located in his home city of Melbourne. He also holds the title as the “Fittest Man on Earth.”
Tia-Clair is a 22-year-old nursing student who took last year off from her schooling to compete in this year’s CrossFit games. Her father was a gymnast and has been heavily influential in her training and development throughout her career. She now holds the title as the “Fittest Woman on Earth.”
They both have already made several million dollars throughout their CrossFit careers but will surely make much more as the sport continues to grow in popularity.
CrossFit is a high-intensity fitness program that includes weight lifting, gymnastics and running. The Crossfit Games is an annual event that tests competitors through a series of physical challenges. It was founded in 2007 and has already grown in popularity, especially with a younger demographic.
Some of the challenges at this year’s event included:
“The Heavy 22”: Competitors had to pick up and hold a 22-pound medicine ball while answering a series of questions. After each correct answer, they had to throw the ball to another competitor.
“Rope Climb and Handstand Walk”: Each competitor had to complete a rope climb followed by a handstand walk. They were only allowed to touch the ground twice before reaching the top.
“Sprint/Drag/Heavy Weights”: Each competitor had to first complete a sprint, followed by dragging two 80-pound weights, and then perform 25 sit-ups. This task was only for the men while the women had to do 20 burpees and 15 pull-ups followed by a 500-meter row.
“Bar Muscle-Ups and Rowing”: For this challenge, each competitor had to complete bar muscle-ups followed by a row. They were only allowed to touch the ground twice during each event.
“Sprint/Carry/Snatch”: Each competitor had to first complete a sprint, followed by carrying two 40-pound dumbbells and then performing 15 Snatches. This task was only for the men while the women had to do 12 Snatches and then complete an 800-meter run.
“Carry/Piston/Load” Each competitor had to first complete a carry, followed by a piston and then load a 40-pound weight onto a platform. They were only allowed to touch the ground twice during the entire event.
What Is the Conclusion?
CrossFit is one of the most popular fitness regimens in the world and it continues to grow in both participation and revenue. As the sport continues to grow, it’s likely that the prize money for winners will also increase.
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