Who makes more: Track stars or World Cup skiers?

PALM DESERT, November 17, 2017 – Alpine skiers have to be the princes and princesses of the Olympic-sport world, don’t they?

Training and competing at beautiful resorts, traveling to exotic locations around the world and winning plenty of the $9.7 million in annual prize money on the 77-stop World Cup circuit has got to be a dream come true.

How do the skiers compare with, say, track & field athletes who compete in the 14-meet IAAF Diamond League, which paid out a record $5.6 million in prize money this season?

The comparison will shock you, as these sports are a lot more alike than they are different … especially in who doesn’t get paid. The numbers are in our Lane One commentary, plus previews of a full weekend of action coming up:

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