BREAKING: Mathew Fraser Announces Retirement

February 2, 2021 by
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Today, Mathew Fraser announced that he’s retiring from competitive CrossFit and will not be competing in the upcoming 2021 CrossFit Games season. The 31-year-old recently won his fifth straight CrossFit Games championship, a feat never before accomplished in the history of this sport. 

One big thing: Fraser’s exodus from the Games sends an immediate shockwave through the men’s division, which has revolved around Fraser’s dominance for the past five seasons. Fraser, who’s career spanned eight Games seasons, hasn’t lost a live, in-person competition since the 2015 Games when he took second to Ben Smith. 

  • Patrick Vellner is the only male athlete to share the podium with Fraser multiple times: notching three-straight podium finishes from 2016-2018. 
  • Aside from Vellner, the podium has featured different male athletes each season. 
    • 2020: Samuel Kwant and Justin Medeiros
    • 2019: Noah Ohlsen and Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson
    • 2018: Patrick Vellner and Lukas Hogberg
    • 2017: Brent Fikowski and Patrick Vellner
    • 2016: Ben Smith and Patrick Vellner

Why he’s leaving: “Like so many others that wandered into a CrossFit gym, I wasn’t expecting to find my best friends, business partners, wife, countless life lessons, and 5 gold medals,” wrote Mathew Fraser on Instagram. 

  • “Today I leave the sport older, wiser, fitter, and grateful. I’m diving into the next chapter of my life with the same HWPO mentality.”
  • “From now on, decisions I make won’t be solely based off how they affect my performance, but how they affect my family, friends, health and happiness. I look forward to remaining a part of the CrossFit community, i just won’t be doing it from the competition floor any longer.”

Go deeper: Read “Why I’m retiring,” a letter by Mathew Fraser. 

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