Adelina Sotnikova defeated the curse of Esta She is indeed the Greatest Of All Time!
I do hope Gabby's family can get a good financial manager, especially as people are now digging into her mother's finances and publishing her debts for everyone to see.
Will we learn her credit score, too?
Careful to anyone reading...they do spoil Gabby's results in uneven bars.
Gabby for DWTS!!!
I'd guess that swimmers are more marketable in part because there's a much, much better chance that someone like Missy Franklin makes the US Olympic team in 2016 than Gabby does, and a reasonable chance that Franklin makes the 2020 team, and virtually no chance Gabby does. The plethora of medals in swimming doesn't hurt either, given all the relay combinations.
I wonder why the foreign gymnasts don't go on the tour. Are they not invited? Do they not want to come? Seems different from figure skating where foreign skaters often go on the tour.
I wonder too if there is just a different dynamic because of the "team" element as that puts a greater nationalist spin on things...
It would be cool to see Beth, Aliya, Victoria, He, Ppnor, Izbaza etc. on the tour.
Does anyone know if those countries have their own tour? Like will the Russians tour or the Chnese? Maybe they do but only if they win gold.
It's a USAG sponsored tour, and they make their money by not only including the Olympic teams and other famous US gymnasts, but by also including some local favorites as well.
If the tour was sponsored by some other company then I think it would get more international gymnasts, but as it is it's very much a USAG tour, born and bred. Anyway, they've already got like fifty million gymnasts doing the tour this year; I don't think there's room for anyone else. :p
It would be cool if gymnastics was popular enough again to warrant getting international stars to participate, though! That would rock. Sort of like how professional gymnastics was really a good economy twenty years ago, with special competitions and tours.
I also read that Gabbys father did not get Tickets to see her win her gold. He was in London but had to watch at the hotel with his family bc he could not get tickets. That is so sad. I saw him at trials watching her live. gabby also talks about her father saying they talk over Skype and all and she cried when she saw him.
It just seems so weird that he would not have been able to get tickets. No matter what issue there is bw parents you would have thought they would let him be in the arena.
With millions coming in and such a public dispute between parents I agree this could turn into a Moceanu situation. Gabby, I don't think, would be as forceful as Dominic to protect herself. It should all be placed in trust for Gabby. I could see the mom using some to pay off house etc to provide for Gabby but they should keep millions for Gabby for later.
By contrast if this were Jo I would have no doubt her parents would keep it in trust for her.
I hope Gabby's mishaps on bars and beam don't tarnish her gold medals insofar as endorsement potential.
Poor Gabby, no wonder she was upset. Have some class, media!
"Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode
should this now be titled: gabby vs aly raisman, who is more marketable?
stable family, parents together.
don't they both lose to missy franklin? does missy have to turn down all endorsements if she wants to do NCAA?
ETA: barbk makes a good point in #66.
"Once you've skated together long enough, and you're really good friends, you can close your eyes, put your hand out and she's right there." Joe Dolkiewicz, 2011 US Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist
I've been waiting to read this thread and finally did.
Gabby is (in my untrained opinion) wildly marketable. I know I wanted her to win the All Around since sometime during the picking the team process, because she was so darn cute. I imagined her on the Wheaties box, little suspecting it would be Corn Flakes instead.
But during the course of the Olympics, it's Aly who has had the best story arc. She's been given the Rachael Flatt edit- hard working, dependable, which isn't exactly glamour city. And then there was a lot of Poor Jordyn.
But it was Aly who lose a bronze on a technicality (unfair, unfair!), and it was Aly, who not merely won a bronze on a technicality, but did it with famous gymnastic coaches screaming in the audience. And it was Aly who won on the last, and for Americans, most favored, event, while Gabby won nothing after the AA.
So Gabby is the winner, but Aly is the underdog Cinderella kid. Not that NBC necessarily sees it that way, since they had their script in place before the Olympics began, and they're not great at thinking on their feet.
I think and hope that Gabby will make lots of money, but I think and hope Aly will do all right for herself as well.
+1 to Karina1974.
I'd DQ the media. Pump up, kick down. Rinse and repeat.
And it would have been very hard for Gabby to medal in floor exercise because she didn't compete in floor exercise. That's the best reason of all.
But none of that has to do with the fact that Aly did win gold in the floor exercise, after dramatically getting bronze in balance beam. The drama makes a bronze much more exciting and, for a moment or two, memorable. And floor exercise is the last of the gymnastics events, which completes a story arc quite nicely.
I'd recruit Aly tomorrow as a spokesperson for my organization, she's a big ethnic heroine in her own community, too. And she's well-spoken and mature.
Gabby, OTOH, is a natural sparkler. From a marketing standpoint, if I were a cool clothing company marketing to teenagers (with a petite department!) I would grab her before she got off the plane in the US. Likewise a big makeup company with a significant product line for African-American women, like MAC or Maybelline. Or a fitness company....
The possibilities are huge.
"Youth and vigor is no match for age and deceit." -- Prancer