Are CrossFit Prize Purses Skewed Towards First Place?

February 2, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Athlete's Eye Photography

As the pre-season major events come to a close and the 2022 CrossFit Games season officially begins, there’s a lot of conversation around money in CrossFit. 

It seems everyone wants to see more earning potential for athletes who are training and living as if they are professional athletes. The question is, if instead of looking for money elsewhere, could there be a way to redistribute money that’s already there to more appropriately support an entire field of aspiring professional athletes? 

To help frame the question and see if there’s any merit to it we’ve employed a four-step process:

  1. Graphically show how “major” CrossFit competitions have, on a percentage basis, chosen to distribute prize purses this past season
  2. Graphically show how major professional golf tournaments distribute, on a percentage basis, their prize purses
  3. Apply golf’s percentages to CrossFit competitions 
  4. Compare this new model to the one currently being used

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