Strength In Numbers: A Critical Look At Age Group Participation In The Open

May 6, 2020 by
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It’s been nearly a week since the CrossFit Games team announced the end of the 2020 season for the age group divisions, and the response from athletes competing in those divisions have been mixed. A growing sentiment amongst the community has been that the age group divisions are being increasingly treated like a trivial sideshow. The lack of live media coverage at the 2019 Games, along with minimal communication in the leadup to their season being cut entirely, has further fanned the flames of discontent amongst the age group athletes.

Less Money, Mo’ Problems: There are obvious financial reasons why the CrossFit Games had to cut back, and in triaging accordingly that always meant the age groups were first on the chopping block.

  • Truth be told, the masters and teenagers in the sport have always been vocal, but the recent developments have caused the clamoring to grow louder, and rightfully so. Still, the understanding that what has happened was necessary, and the belief that the age groups are deserving of more are not mutually exclusive.

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