At the level at which the senior singles skaters need to be in order to qualify for this kind of funding, the answer is no, unless at least one of the parents is the coach with a rink deal for ice time, the costumes are borrowed, second-hand, or designed and made by a parent or relative or "angel", even if lots of his/her coaches' students are at the same international competitions together, covering the same lost coaching wages and travel expenses, the skater doesn't travel with any family members for competitions,and the skater doesn't have to/doesn't do any summer or monitoring competitions or Senior B's, and then maybe/possibly/probably not. Not everyone spends $150K+/year like Chan, but even so, it's unlikely that either Wagner or Abbott (see below) made enough from envelope money and competition earnings to cover their costs.If the $25k received should cover the ice time, equipment, coaching choreographer, costumes and all other expense affiliated with top level skating, the amount would not cover it. Am I wrong on this?
At the level at which the skaters have qualified for the envelopes, seniors would have made some prize money, some of which would be spent on coaches' competition expenses and lost wages. For example, from Envelope A:
Ashley Wagner (All criteria but medalist at GPF)
Skate Canada (3): $9K
NHK (4): $3K
Four Continents (1): $15K
World Championships (4): $13K
World Team Trophy (3): a cut of $170K, (I'm not sure how it's divvied up among singles and teams and if placement has anything to do with it.)
Total international earnings: $40K plus a cut of WTT prize money net of additional incremental expenses for international competitions, plus exhibition fees for SC and maybe NHK, 4C's, WC's. (For GP, this was $200.)
Jeremy Abbott (National Champion and Top 10 at 2012 Worlds)
Cup of China (1): $18K
Rostelecom (3): $9K
GPF (5): $4K
World Championships (8): $5K
World Team Trophy (5): a cut of $170K
Total international earnings: $36K plust a cut of WTT prize money..., plus exhibition fees for 2 GPs.
However, all of this doesn't begin to cover the hundreds of thousands of dollars skaters and families have invested before they get a dime in return.