Mat Fraser Within $250,000 of Rich Froning on the CrossFit Games’ All-Time Earnings List

Mat Fraser during Strongman's Fear at the 2017 CrossFit Games. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
Mat Fraser during Strongman's Fear at the 2017 CrossFit Games. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

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.

See the women’s all-time earnings list here.

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