She had a press conference after the Olympics in 2010 saying she needed 20 million yen a year for the training and that she would retire if she couldn't find a sponsor.
Although I don't know how much they actually paid, she has found a company who would sponsor her until the next Olympics in 2014. They ended the contract in 2 years instead of 4. I'm really curious how she spent and wonder if a skater at her level really needs that much money to train. Even with that money, she didn't even qualify for the nationals. I just can't imagine she will find someone who would sponsor what she is now.
Last edited by tkaug; 01-31-2013 at 03:22 AM.
According to today's currency converter, that's $219,891.64 a year.
"...some people are moulded by their admiration, others by their hostilities.”
― Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart
Having said all that, I do agree $200,000 a year is a lot, though.
She would be so good in the adult division.
The protocols are available now.
Last edited by ioana; 01-31-2013 at 05:32 PM.
I would love someone to sponsor me to skate. Hey it would be even better if they sponsored me to live in the style I could quickly become accustomed to having.
And no-one needs whole rink to themselves to do choreography. Having the coach holding the tape player works just as well.
When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.