Thursday, June 10

Do Japan, Korea pay their skaters to continue training & competing? Could that be why they're successful? What about the U.S.? Lambiel said in interview that Swiss skating fed never gave him monetary support. Maybe that's why their only decent pairs

I don't think that they "pay" them, but I think that much like the USA there is probably some funding for the top athletes. Asada, Kim, Ando, and now even Takahashi probably have so many endorsements that they don't have to worry about money. But unfortunately, it seems like if you aren't in that top tier of skaters, it's a big struggle to make it season to season. Fumie Suguri is a good recent example of that-- she was really desperate for sponsors and was most likely not able to continue if she didn't find anyone.

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