Yuzuru Hanyu has just signed on the marketing scheme with the Japanese Olympic Committee, which selects a small number (they were 13 signed up in 2012) of athletes to be "JOC Symbol Athletes": this means that they are paid a given amount every year and in exchange, the JOC sponsors can use their image for free
Daisuke Takahashi and Mao Asada are also JOC athletes (Takahashi since 2007, Asada since 2009 - there are other skaters, like Miki Ando and Shizuka Arakawa who also were JOC athletes before). They are paid 10 to 20 million yen per year - which must be roughly $120,000 to $250,000 per year (I think both Takahashi and Asada are getting close to 20 million yen)
As far as other sponsorships go, I don't think anyone else in Japan is anywhere close to Mao Asada (there are at least two or three ads on TV with her for different companies at any given time and she even developped her own brand of kimonos) and while I don't think she makes as much as Yu-na Kim, all the figures I've seen floating around is that she earns more than a million USD a year. I would guess Daisuke Takahashi comes second but I don't have a clue as far as numbers go, apart from the JOC deal. I know he's one of the faces of Puma Japan and has a deal with Kinoshita so I don't think he's doing too badly though
It's an interesting thread. I think in Canada and in US the FS is a very expensive sport, the skaters come from the middle-class or gentility. Right? But I always thought, if anybody performs in shows he earned enough money for his life. Isn't true? BUt I know Weir is a famous star, but he hadn't enough money for his preparation.....
Depends on the shows -- how much they pay, how many shows the skater does. There aren't many big for-profit shows that pay large fees to the skaters; there were more in the 1990s. Some old-style ice shows pay little to non-star ensemble skaters and not even all that much to headliners. Benefit shows often just pay the skaters' expenses and the skaters donate their time.But I always thought, if anybody performs in shows he earned enough money for his life. Isn't true?
As for socio-economic background, I assume most skaters are from middle-upper middle class families, at least in NA. But not necessarily everyone.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QigMQ9Vh668 cute) sponsor and and foreign alike: ODRI is Italian firm and the traditionally Swiss Ulysse Nardine watchmaker. Plush has own watch "Champion's Diver Plushenko" limited edition, cca 11.000$ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvj_7HJVmRA)
As a skating parent, I can tell skaters don't do this isn't done to make money. Those days are long behind us.
As a person heavily involved in skating, I can also state that many skaters (and their families) pay out much more than they ever bring in from competition winnings (if they are fortunate enough to go to a comp that does pay winnings..ISU GP), gifts, sponsorships, shows, etc.
Michelle, Michael, Evan, others they are the 1%, the exception to the norm. Mom and Dad usually foot the bill for some time. My skater coaches several young skaters and he is, now, paying most of the bill.
But occasionally, "Bank of Mom and Dad" has to help out. In the long run, I wouldn't have it any other way.... :-)
To compare, when competed as an amateur (very, very amateur) with my horse, I paid for my trainers room and travel, but not food. Compared to all the other things (horse trailering, show fees, stall fee at show, competition clothes, not to mention day to day training, board and feed), it may seem like a drop in he bucket, but even just paying 50% of a hotel room isn't cheap (assuming my trainer had another rider at the show).
I am certain there are so many things that add up in figure skating too!
article discusses some ice dancers whose parents paid for their partners to come to the US (it's over 10 years old, though, and the trend is now for both partners to be American).
There are some notable exceptions, though, like Rudy Galindo, who grew up in a trailer park. Here are some articles about him.
Tonya Harding also came from modest means.
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I have not found Williams-Boundoukin video on YouTube, they didn't become well-known skaters?
( I know the trailer park, I saw many times the Independence Day movie )
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