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Top Ten Earners at The CrossFit Games

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August 10   |   POWERED BY


Happy Tuesday Morning Chalk Up readers! We love seeing Games athletes soaking up the sun and enjoying some well-deserved time off. Nothing like a beach vacation to unwind from the CrossFit Games 😎😎😎.

In today’s edition:

  • Payout breakdown for top ten men and women this season.
  • Patrick Vellner makes it back on the podium.
  • How different Semifinals performed at the CrossFit Games.
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  Top Ten Athlete Payouts for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games Season 

Top Ten Athlete Payouts for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games Season

The conclusion of the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games painted a full picture of what the new season format would look like — in particular, cash prizes for the athletes. While they may have lost out on money-making opportunities throughout the season, the Games yield the largest prize purse in history.

We have compiled, to the best of our knowledge, the 2021 season final payout list. This list factors in prize money awarded for the Games, the Open, Semifinals and event win bonuses from both the Games and the Open.

One big thing: For the second-straight year, the total individual athlete payout for the Games season decreased. Last season, the total prize purse earned by individual athletes totalled $2,918,604 which was greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic taking away money-making opportunities.

  • This year the total individual prize purse for the Games season was $2,323,168, a decrease of 20% from the previous year.
  • $3,072,856: The total prize money earned by individual athletes during the 2018-2019 season. To date, that is the high-water mark for prize money earned during a Games season.
  • The list does not include athlete sponsorship deals that may include monetary compensation.
  • You can access the full payout breakdown on our payout tracker.

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How Much Salt Do You Lose in CrossFit?

Jason Nielsen is a member of Nebo CrossFit in Salem, Utah and President of Redmond Life, a company that creates Real Salt and Re-Lyte, higher sodium electrolyte products. He recently set out to see how much salt he lost during his CrossFit workouts.

Using a sweat monitoring patch to measure his sweat output, Jason completed two 60-minute WOD’s. He lost .38 tsp of salt during the first WOD and .43 tsp of salt during the second.

Research shows people can lose up to half a tsp of salt during just 1 hour of exercise. But CrossFitters like Jason could be losing far more and interrupting their body’s electrolyte balance.

Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.



  • Aloha! It’s Instagram-official: Katrin Davidsdottir and former NHL player, Brooks Laich, seem to be enjoying some much needed time off together as they sip from coconuts in Hawaii. Looks like they’ve soaked up plenty of sunshine post-Games too.
  • Location change due to COVID-19: Due to concerns over the rising cases of COVID-19 in the United States, Core Sports Friday Night and Worlds Ultimate Strongman & Woman changed their locations. Both events will now be held in the United Arab Emirates. All ticket buyers for the live event in Jacksonville will be refunded in full.
  • Project Onyx Affiliate Program: The pending non-profit organization working to eliminate the barriers that black and brown people face when it comes to health and fitness, is launching an affiliate program. They will be taking up to five new affiliates with hopes to expand their mission. Applications are live now through August 21.
  • The inaugural CrossFit Adaptive Divisions: Thanks to new CrossFit CEO Eric Roza and teams from Adaptive Training Academy and WheelWOD, we finally saw Adaptive Divisions introduced to the CrossFit Games. The Adaptive Training Academy broke down some fascinating numbers when it comes to which countries athletes competed from all the way to their split mile times in Event 1. They also provided some helpful advice when it comes to moving forward in years to come.
    • “Improve the adaptive classification and rulebook document: ATA plans to work with CrossFit to add more detail to the classification process and sport class determinations to make the process clearer and alleviate any subjectivity.
  • Justin Cotler chats with the Clydesdale, Fitness & Friends to discuss what is was like losing two athletes to positive COVID-19 tests and coaching a third during unprecedented protocols.
    • Cotler: “Right before the handstand walk another athlete went to follow Danielle (Brandon) and was told no, no, no… and the medical team sprayed down the handstand obstacle, that athlete left and Danielle went to go again and slipped because the obstacle was so wet, she was in tears right before the event… essentially she was followed by someone with a sanitizer bottle the entire week… when we were sectioned off in the Coliseum there were always medical, media and camera’s in her face.” with this Danielle still finished 11th overall with an event win.
  How Vellner Returned to the Podium After a Two-Year Drought 

How Vellner Returned to the Podium After a Two-Year Drought

A “do or die scenario.” That’s how Patrick Vellner described the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

“With the last couple years not going so well for me at the Games, I know people were starting to question whether I could still hang on and compete with the best,” said Vellner, who first stood on the podium in his rookie season in 2016. He followed that up with two more podium finishes in 2017 and 2018, before dropping to 16th in 2019 and 9th in 2020.

Needless to say, heading to the Games this year, Vellner was on a mission: To prove he still belonged. Despite the doubters, he believed in himself.

“I would say I was very confident that I could (return to the podium). But admittedly, that confidence was shaken after Event 1,” he said alluding to his 35th place finish in the swimming and kayaking event.

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  How Different Semifinals Performed At The 2021 CrossFit Games 


How Different Semifinals Performed At The 2021 CrossFit Games

This year saw the return of the “regionals style” format where the top finishers in each Semifinal event were invited to compete at the 2021 CrossFit Games. Over the course of two months, hundreds of athletes competed at ten semifinals and in one Last Chance Qualifier for an opportunity to become one of the select few to compete at the CrossFit Games.

By the numbers: Out of the eleven events that qualified athletes for the Games, here’s how athletes from each Semifinal stacked up.

  • Looking at the final calculations for the average finish of athletes competing in each Semifinal, those who qualified through the MACC had the highest average overall finish.
  • However, the women of the Lowlands Throwdown would take the highest average finish on the ladies side.
  • On the men’s side, the Brazilian CrossFit Championship would take the highest average finish (despite only having one man compete).
  • Out of the semifinals who sent multiple men to the Games, Atlas Games had the highest overall average finish.
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