CrossFit Announces Cut Schedule for 2023 Games
In an email sent out to athletes this week, details were revealed regarding athlete support gear allowed, and the schedule for the 2023 CrossFit Games, including a plan for athlete cuts.
The details: After the end of competition on Friday, August 4, the top 30 teams and the top 30 men and women will advance. Then, at the close of competition on Saturday, August 5, the top 20 teams and the top 20 men and women will advance.
One big thing: This shouldn’t come as a surprise to athletes and fans of the sport, as cuts have come to be commonplace at the Games. Out of 17 Games, 11 have instituted cuts, and the cut to 30 has occurred four times.
Remind me: The CrossFit Games began cuts to the field in 2009 and it became a common component of the competition. For six years, this format was consistent, and then 2015 began four years of no cuts: 40 men and women began competition on day one, and 40 men and women ended competition on day five. In 2019 the cuts were extremely deep, culling the field from 141 men and 129 women down to 10.
- Regarding last year’s cut to 30, Bozman noted that “rather than cut away tests or change the nature of some of those tests, we decided that we would rather trim away some of the field at that point so that the test can still be robust.”
One can assume that the same sentiment remains for 2023.
The bottom line: Athletes who fall below the cutline will retain access to the event so they can choose to remain and cheer for their fellow competitors. While Saturday and Sunday will see a smaller field of competitors, fans will be cheering on the very best of the best.