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Update On The Open Leaderboard

Morning Chalk Up

January 8

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. CrossFit HQ moved to finalize the Open leaderboard, but there are still some unanswered questions. And, check out the athlete payouts thus far in the 2019-2020 Games season. Today:

  • An Open leaderboard clarification and the moving blue line.
  • More than a half million in payouts so far this season.
  • An update on the Australian bush fires, opportunities to donate and fundraisers to participate in.
  • Some steals and deals to outfit your January training.

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Clarification On The Open Leaderboard

  Clarification On The Open Leaderboard  

Yesterday, after the 2020 Open leaderboard was officially finalized we reported on some of the initial takeaways now that the video review has concluded and the national champions for each country have been crowned. It’s come to our attention after various discussions around the community that there’s still some confusion around some of the implications and next steps of the leaderboard being solidified and invites being sent out. We’ve included some additional info below to help clear up the uncertainty.

  • It has begun: Qualification invitations have been sent out already and as we speak athletes are declining or accepting their spots which will begin the backfill process. Backfill invites typically are sent after the initial invitation round deadline comes to a close (Monday, January 13 at 5:00 PM).
  • Sanctioned event invitations and their subsequent backfill process won’t be made official until all additional rounds of Open qualification invites have concluded in the coming weeks.
  • History Lesson: We explained how Patrick Vellner could be the overall Open champion but not the Canadian National champion, but this isn’t the first time this has happened. In 2011, Dan Bailey was worldwide winner for the first ever Open, but finished second in the Central East region behind Rich Froning under an identical circumstance.

National champions update: Initially when the national champions list was published, Iran was left off the list but has since been added despite not meeting the criteria for qualification by having an affiliate in good standing within the country.

  • A similar exemption was granted to the Iranian national champions in the 2019 Open and Games in “the spirit inclusivity,” and the male champion Payam Saljoughian made the trip to Madison where he finished 98th.  The Iranian exemption is extended to the 2020 Games as well.
  • The CrossFit Games organizers are looking to extend similar exemptions this year for more countries like Bolivia and Kazakhstan. Bolivia sent both male and female national champions to the Games in 2019.

In previous years, icons were added to the Open leaderboard to signify whether athletes had accepted or declined their Games invitation. In the potential absence of this feature this year, the Games leaderboard, instead, could be used to track the most up-to-date list of athletes. We’ll continue to scour the leaderboard and provide any updates going forward.


Early Season Report: Athletes Clear Nearly $600K in Payouts

  Early Season Report: Athletes Clear Nearly $600K in Payouts  

With an increase in the number of Sanctionals from 15 to 27 there will inevitably be more money up for grabs this season. If the CrossFit Open and CrossFit Games are included, there are a total of 29 money-making opportunities inside the 10-month-long Games season.

  • One caveat to tracking these are the additional prizes earned in online qualifiers like the Dubai CrossFit Championship and Norwegian CrossFit Championship. We are not currently able to track them in our system.
  • $3,072,856: The total prize money earned by individual athletes during the 2018-2019 season.
  • Approximately $2.3 million is up for grabs at the CrossFit Games for individuals. The final amount is determined by the number of individual events since athletes can earn $3000, $2000, and $1000 for placing first, second or third.
  • Track all payouts on our season payout leaderboard.

How athletes are doing so far: A total of $592,796 has been paid out so far this season after only four Sanctionals. There are still 23 remaining on the calendar. By the way, athletes don’t win any money for winning the CrossFit Open overall, only by winning an individual week’s event.


  1. Brent Fikowski — $64,500
  2. Patrick Vellner — $49,000
  3. Roman Khrennikov — $37,500
  4. Lazar Dukic — $22,500
  5. Jeffrey Adler — $15,020
  6. Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson — $12,500
  7. Justin Medeiros — $12,000
  8. Jonne Koski — $11,500
  9. Tola Morakinyo — $10,500
  10. Jason Smith — $7,500


  1. Sara Sigmundsdottir — $87,000
  2. Sam Briggs — $44,520
  3. Karin Frey — $38,500
  4. Jamie Greene — $24,000
  5. Gabriela Migala — $11,500
  6. Emily Rolfe — $10,500
  7. Kristin Holte — $8,020
  8. Julie Hougard — $7,500
  9. Alessandra Pichelli — $6,500
  10. Emma McQuaid — $6,020

One big thing: The potential earnings have increased significantly since last year’s $3,072,856 total payout. This isn’t just due to adding 12 more money-making opportunities, it’s also because a handful of new events have significantly increased their prize purses.

  • Loud and Live’s five events are dishing out a total of $1,284,860, with Sanctionals wins netting between $5,000 (lowest) to $50,000 (highest) for the top podium finish. They’re also paying down to 10th place and event wins at Wodapalooza and West Coast Classic.
  • Ireland’s Filthy150 paid $12,000 to the winner, and Reykjavik increased its purse to around $8100.
  • We still don’t have the complete picture of what payouts will be as more than half of the Sanctionals haven’t released the details.

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So You Want to Compete in CrossFit

The kick-off episode in a new series from Jacob Heppner, answering all your questions about competing in the sport of CrossFit from Sanctionals and the CrossFit Games to local throwdowns.

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Is Nutrition Embedded in Your Gym’s Culture?

CrossFit Level 4 trainer and owner of OptimizeMe Nutrition, E.C. Synkowski, joins Patrick Cummings on the Open Gym Podcast to make the case for how your affiliate can embed nutrition into its culture.

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Strawberry Kissed Almond Butter Muffins

Amazing almond butter muffins kissed with sweet strawberry flavor. These gluten-free almond butter muffins are made with oat flour, naturally sweetened and perfect for an on-the-go protein-packed breakfast for the new year.



  • Kelsey Kiel cleans 270 pounds for a PR.
  • Bronislaw Olenkowicz snatches 286 pounds, below the knee, for a double.
  • Stacey Marino does 20 unbroken pullups, strict.
  • It was back squat day for Noah Ohlsen! He PR’d at 455 pounds and again at 465 pounds.
  • Dane Smith cleans 342 pounds in MACC qualifier 20.1b.
  • Will Beck cleans 220 pounds for a PR.


Australian Bush Fires Update: More Ways to Help

The CrossFit community is pulling together and mobilizing resources to help support those fighting or affected by the bush fires currently devastating large areas in Australia. Here are several more ways to contribute:

  • FITAID: This week FITAID is partnering with athlete James Newbury’s GoFundMe to raise money through the “Aussie Koala Bear Relief Challenge.” Here’s how it works: now through Friday, post a video of your #koalachallenge attempt and make sure you tag @fitaid (include #FITAID and #koalachallenge too). For every post, FITAID will donate $5 directly to the efforts of Australian wildlife protection services. Additionally, FITAID will donate 5% of all sales of FITAID ZERO this week and is sending 10,000 cans of FITAID down under to help the hardworking men and women fighting the fires recover.
  • Burpees for the Bush Fires: Crossfit Hopper’s Crossing has partnered with several gyms across Australia and elsewhere to raise money for The Trustee for COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY AND BRIGADES DONATIONS FUND. You can get your box involved in the effort or donate to the page. After January 18, those involved in the fundraiser, as a group, will complete the same number of burpees as the total amount raised.
  • DekaComp Challenge: Join Pat Vellner in completing 100 burpee box jump-overs for time (20″ for women and 24″ for men), then post your video with the tag @dekacomp and hashtag #dekacomp100BBJO by tonight at 11:59 PM EST. They will donate $1 for every post to James Newbury’s GoFundME and one lucky person will be selected to receive a free month of Deka Comp’s programming.  
  • Lifting Culture ApparelBetween now and January 9 at midnight order this limited edition t-shirt or tank. Lifting Culture Apparel will donate 100% of the profits to Red Cross Australia.
  • The Wod Life Team: TWL has put together a community workout, and they are asking boxes all around Australia to program “TWL Bushfire Relief WOD” this Saturday, January 11. After the workout is completed, they are asking participating gyms to pass the hat around and donate to their fundraiser to support Red Cross Australia.
  • CrossFit Torian will host a community hero WOD “Hotshots 19” to raise funds for the Australian Rural Fire Service and Australian Wildlife Rescue Organization (WIRES). They are welcoming all of Brisbane and accepting cash donations. 
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Steals and Deals: Gear up for January

The new year has dawned and around the community athletes are ready to get back on track.  Take advantage of these steals and deals to shake off the holiday rust:

  • New Gear Resolution: Need some new performance wear? Mix and match 3 at Barbell Apparel.
  • Virus International has On the Wall kits curated for specific activities to help you hit you 100-day goals. Oh, and they are buy one, get one 50% off!
  • Birthfit is offering 30% off all online programs if you signup by January 10.
  • Happy New Gear from Reebok. Get 50% off already marked down gear.


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1/11: Unbroken Ocala (Ocala, FL)
1/11: Strongfit Fundamentals Course (San Diego, CA)
1/11 – 1/12: CrossFit Ft Vancouver Championship (Vancouver, WA)
1/11: 3rd Annual In-Law Competition (Keene, NH)
1/11: Older, Wiser, Stronger, Faster – Individual (Ann Arbor, MI)
1/17: A Grand Day at Frantic (Cannington, Australia)
1/18: The Force Wars 2020 (Pembroke Pines, FL)
1/18: 3rd annual Battle For The Axe (Brainerd, MN)
1/18: Row For Reveille (Poulsbo, WA)
1/18: NCK Throwdown 2020 (Concordia, KS)
1/18: Lone Star Shootout (Dallas, TX)
1/18: CrossFit Krypton V.2 (Chesapeake, VA)
1/25: The Blizzard Brawl (Waite Park, MN)
1/25: Cerberus Powerlifting (Blue Springs, MO)
1/25: Reindeer Gainz III (Donna, TX)
1/25: 2020 Winter Swolestice (Fayetteville, AR)
1/25: Lost River Rumble II (Bowling Green, KY)
1/25: Cold Steel Classic (Oswego, IL)
1/25: HYROX Chicago (Chicago, IL)
1/25: Battle of the Ages (Norwood, MA)
2/1: Krypton’s Compete for a Cure (Chesapeake, VA)
2/1: Warrior Affiliate League Fantastic 4 (Chino Hills, CA)
2/1: Wodi Gras 2020 (New Orleans, LA)
2/1: Great Lakes Games 2020 (Plymouth, MI)
2/8: Thoroughbred Throwdown (Ocala, Florida)
2/8: A League of Their Own Challenge 7 (San Antonio, TX)
2/8: Black Ops 4 (Wheaton, IL)
2/8 – 2/9: The Ice Bowl 2020 (Green Bay, WI)

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