I’m always curious, so here it is for everyone – how much money did the individual athletes earn at the 2019 CrossFit Games? Here you go:
The ladies first
Then the guys
So, you could work your ass off, day in and day out for a year and if you somehow become Mat Fraser you might win over $300,000. Or, you can sit on your ass and play video games and win a tournament and win $3 million. You pick.
Mat Fraser and Sam Briggs did OK for themselves. I’m guessing they are totally fine that Regionals are no more….they didn’t make this much money winning Regionals. Not even close.
I’m not sure how much Event 10 paid for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. On the Dubai CrossFit IG they announced the final event prize was increased to $30,000 USD. They didn’t specify if whoever won the event won $30,000 or if only the top 3 were paid ($15,000/$10,000/$5,000??) or if 5 spots were paid or if everyone who competed in the final were paid. I don’t know. I assume only the top 3 were paid since that is how all the other events worked.
Here is how much the top earners made this past week in Dubai. Again, way more than any CrossFit Regional.
Time for my yearly – and almost always wrong – Regionals Predictions.
- Men: Patrick Vellner, Alex Vigneault, Chase Smith, Austin Spencer and Christian Harris. I’m confident in Vellner and Vigneault for sure, fairly confident that Smith will qualify assuming no torn pec. Spencer and Harris are more a guess. I also like Hobart just because he comes from Mayhem and I think this has to be one of the first times (or at least it has been a long time) that he has attended Regionals as an individual.
- Women: Katrin Davidsdottir, Kari Pearce, Carolyne Prevost, Chelsey Hughes and Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault. I would love to see Pearce beat Davidsdottir. I can’t put my finger on why I don’t like her, but I don’t.
- Team: CrossFit New England, Reebok CrossFit One, CrossFit Milford and Pro1 Montreal are the only ones I know…so I’m picking them. How’s that for inside info?
- Men: Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson, Lukas Hogberg, Frederik Aegidius, Mitchell Adams and Adrian Mundwiler. BKG runs away with it.
- Women: Sara Sigmundsdottir, Annie Thorisdottir, Kristin Holte, Thuridur Erla Helgadottir and Bjork Odinsdottir. This is going to be a FUN Regional to watch. Love Sara and Annie and hope they go back and forth.
- Team: Going to be honest – I don’t know any of these teams.
- Men: Lots of the “big names” out of the South are going team, so this could be wide open. Rogelio (aka Roy) Gamboa, Sean Sweeney, Logan Collins, Mitch Spjut and Jared Enderton. Threw Enderton in there because I like to root local.
- Women: Tennil Beuerlein, Colleen Fotsch, Camille LeBlanc Bazinet, Margaux Alvarez and Alexis Johnson. I am leaving out Shadburne and favoring the OPEX girls. This is going to be a really fun Regional to watch, too. The first weekend kicks off with two really good female competitions.
- Team: Airrosti, CrossFit OMNIA, CrossFit Jaakarhu, #Teamdensity, Backcountry Black – rooting hard for the local teams. Would love to see Sanitas or Alpine make it too.
- Men: Mat Fraser (duh), Scott Panchik, Streat Hoerner, Nick Urankar and George Sterner. I wish Jacob Heppner was competing – I would pick him to go to the Games for sure. But he couldn’t get the HSPU standard in the Open which is ludicrous. Google or YouTube the Brooke Wells controversy and her HSPU. Its ridiculous. Heppner should be competing.
- Women: Brooke Wells, Jessica Griffith, Jennifer Smith, Kelley Jackson and Kristi Eramo. Despite the controversy with Wells and her HSPU she is still super fit and wins this Regional.
- Team: CrossFit Mayhem Freedom, OC3 Black, CrossFit Kilo, CrossFit Mayhem Independence and Koda CrossFit. Rooting hard for Kilo from my birthplace – Waterloo Iowa (or Cedar Falls, whatever, it’s all the same).
- Men: Brent Fikowski, Garret Fisher, Josh Bridges, Cody Anderson and Sam Kwant. Some big names left out – Ben Stoneberg, Cole Sager and Christian Lucero. This will be a really fun male Regional to watch. Maybe the best yet in terms of close competition.
- Women: Chyna Cho, Alessandra Pichelli, Emily Abbott, Tia Wright and I’m hopeing Becca Voigt makes it back. Also rooting for Brooke Ence and Lindsay Valenzuela to have a good showing.
- Team: Invictus X, CrossFit Fort Vancouver, Paradiso CrossFit Venice, Diablo, Invictus. I think Invictus X makes a run for the Affiliate Cup at the games. The Dancer’s are on that team and they are locked in and focused on winning.
Latin America Regional
- I don’t recognize anyone’s name for men or women. I’ll move along…
- Men: Travis Mayer, Noah Olsen, Ben Smith, Alex Smith and Aaron Hanna.
- Women: Cassidy Lance-McWherter, Emily Bridgers, Whitney Gelin, Alison Scudds and Sarah Scholl.
- Team: Um…..
- Men: Lukas Esslinger, Rasmus Anderson, Phil Hesketh and Jason Smith.
- Women: Jamie Greene, Lauren Fisher, Oddrun Eik Gylfadottir and Mia Akerlund.
- Team: Ya, right…
- Men: Zeke Grove, James Newbury, Khan Porter and Brandon Swan.
- Women: Kara Saunders, Tia-Clair Toomey, Emma Wright, Madeline Sturt and Jessica Coughlan.
- Team: Again, I don’t know any of them.
So, there you have it. Some really safe picks and some that come out of nowhere other than my hopes and reams. Use pencil….easily erased pencil.
Here are the “super” teams I am aware of. If I missing any, please leave a comment!
- Sheila Barden moved from Nebraska down to Texas to compete on a team with Travis Williams, Jordan Cook and Rachel Garibay.
- Chelsea Grigsby, Jamie Hagiya, Andrew Kong and Ted Hwang are forming a team in California. Hagiya is a Games competitor in individual and I think the other are all multiple regional competitors.
- I think Reebok ONE is competing again with Austin Malleolo and Spencer Hendel and ladies. But I’m not sure what the teams will be now that there are 4 per team.
- I think the CrossFit Mayhem teams are:
- Rich Froning, Matt Hewett, Lindy Barber and Tasia Percevecz for CrossFit Mayhem Freedom.
- Darren Hunsucker, Angelo DiCicco, Elly Kabboord and Kristin Miller for CrossFit Mayhem Independence.
- Invictus Teams: I’m sure there will be several, but Sam Dancer plans on going teams in 2018. If he and his wife, Jenn, are on a team that would have to be considered a super team. They are in San Diego and training full time in preparation for qualifying for the Games in 2018. More to come out of that camp for sure.
What other teams are out there looking to compete for the title in 2018? I’m looking for teams with former Games athletes on them. Especially if athletes are relocating their lives to compete on a team at the Games.