After the 2017 CrossFit Games payouts, Mat Fraser is less that $250,000 away from becoming the all-time leader in CrossFit Games earnings (as an individual). Fraser’s two titles and two runner-up finishes, along with Open event wins, Regional placements and CrossFit Games event payouts, Fraser has earned $794,049.
Rich Froning is the current earnings list leader at $1,042,554. That is just $248,505 ahead of Fraser.
With Reebok’s deal to increase the prize purse by $200,000 each year through 2020, there will be extra money available to the athletes. But even without a change to the payout structure, a 2018 championship would push Fraser above Froning.
In 2017 alone, Fraser earned over $318,000 when counting Open and Regional payouts. That is more than every male athlete’s lifetime earnings except Froning and Ben Smith.
This year, we saw three athlete eclipse the $100,000 earnings mark – Brent Fikowski, Bjorgvin Gudmundsson and Patrick Vellner. There only nine male athletes who have made six figures by competing in the CrossFit Games. The median lifetime earnings is $4,000 since the Games began in 2007.
Here is the top 10 lifetime earnings list (men):
1) Rich Froning – $1.04M
2) Mat Fraser – $794k
3) Ben Smith – $486k
4) Brent Fikowski – $174k
5) Bjorgvin Gudmundsson – $123k
6) Patrick Vellner – $122k
7) Josh Bridges – $107k
8) Jason Khalipa – $101k
9) Scott Panchik – $100k
10) Noah Ohlsen – $83k
Eight of the top 10 competed as individuals in the 2017 CrossFit Games.