Show me the money: Skiing’s rewards are for just a few

TSX HEADLINES – for Mar. 26, 2018: The competitive skiing season has been completed and so it’s time to tote up the millions won by the brightest stars on the World Cup tour.

Except there weren’t any.

Sure, Alpine World Cup winners Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. and Marcel Hirscher of Austria made a lot of money, but more likely came from their sponsors than their actual winnings on the slopes.

Moreover, Shiffrin and Hirscher are part of a group of just 37 athletes out of 656 that won prize money who earned $100,000 or more this season. And just 12.3% of all skiers in Alpine, Cross Country, Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping won $50,000 or more.

That’s not a lot. Consider that one Olympic gold medalist you would recognize immediately made about 6,950 Swiss francs on her World Cup tour this season. That’s about what she will get as a new member of the International Olympic Committee … for office expenses!

We have all the numbers, exclusively in our Lane One commentary, plus coverage of 20 events across 15 sports in this 27-page issue:

(1) THE BIG PICTURE: An important milestone for weightlifting in its campaign to remain in the Olympic Games. Their future fate could be decided next month!

(2) ATHLETICS: No doubt about Geoffrey Kamworer’s emphatic win in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, but did Netsanet Gudeta really set a world record in the women’s division? She got a check for $50,000!

(3) FIGURE SKATING: True, there were absentees. But still a big win for Nathan Chen at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, plus a long-sought silver for ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue!

(4) SHOOTING: Vince Hancock and Kim Rhode – with eight Olympic medals between then – will lead the U.S. Skeet team at the World Championships;

(5) SWIMMING: Multiple World Champion – and Florida senior – Caeleb Dressel continues overhauling the U.S. record book at the men’s NCAA Championships. And he wasn’t alone …

This issue includes our SCOREBOARD reports on Athletics ~ Biathlon ~ Curling ~ Cycling ~ Fencing ~ Figure Skating ~ Freestyle Skiing ~ Gymnastics ~ Judo ~ Nordic Combined ~ Shooting ~ Ski Jumping ~ Snowboard ~ Swimming ~ Table Tennis, and AGENDA, our calendar of top-level international events.