That makes it sound like a whole lot depends on whether Rachael makes the Olympic team and, if so, whether she makes a big splash in Vancouver. A lot of contracts with athletes have "performance bonuses."
Brainy Rachael also "endorses" Reading is Fundamental and was spokesperson for the "wear red, white and blue braces for the 2006 Olympics" campaign for the Ameriucan Orthodontal Society. I don't know if she got paid for these gigs, though -- probably not for the reading program (Natalie Portman is another of celebs involved in the reading thing.)
My question is this. All of us spend much time discussing skaters' schedules, how they do too much, don't peak at the right time, etc. However, in other sports, i.e., tennis, athletes are expected to perform day in and day out, every other day at a Grand Slam and every day during a regular tournament. In other sports athletes perform once a week during the season (NFL) or 2-3 times (NHL, MBL). In the arts, ABT performers go twice a week during the season. In figure skating, it's a big deal for athletes to do a summer event, two GPs, the GPF, nationals, 4cs/Euros and worlds over an 8-9 month period. Why is it such an issue in skating? Any medical people out there? I once asked a top skater this question; the response was, those other athletes/dancers are getting paid a lot of money, which of course is part of it. Any other thoughts?[/QUOTE]
One thing I have heard is that it is not the competitions themsleves that wear down skaters - but the fact that very intense training precedes each competition. I think I heard Peggy Flemming say that in her era she might have done 2 or 3 competitions a year. Before each event the training was very intense for a 4-6 week period. Today the skaters are appearing at more competitions and they are also training harder and longer hours than they used to. Cross training has been added along with the training on ice.
So doing 4-6 competitions a years means the time factor for maintaining top conditioning increases. This can make a skater more vulnerable to little nagging injuries (or more serious ones).
I think Peggy is right to an extent but every skater is different and some hold up better than others to all the training that they do in a season now.
The skaters of today have it much easier than in Fleming/Hammil's days. For one thing Peggy and Dorothy were not allowed to make money, and the US government was not as kind as the Soviet governmen t.
Whether I agree with that point or not - I dont see how it answers the question.
Skaters in Carol-Peggy-Janet-Dorothy era did not have the GP events and it was often a hardship on the families of skaters being able to afford the training expenses.So they typically turned Pro sooner than skaters do today.
But I think we were discussing why skaters are getting tired and having trouble peaking at the right time. How many competitions can a skater do in a season witht the difficult requirements of cop and the peak conditioning needed to perform at that level. Can they do one competitive event a month or will that burn them out?
Just thought I would complete the thought of peggy and dorothy as not having an easy time of it financially. Their costumes were not designer made.
Soviet athletes were bred to glorify the State. In return they were given complete living conditions, schooling and lots of athletics by the best of coaches.
that was a better life than most Russian peasant children got.
Alot of Soviet kids were bred from a night of too much vodka drinking
Same as kids in the west except in Germany it might have been from beer, in USA from whiskey, etc., etc
I always admired aspects of socialism and never saw anything wrong with them seeking excellence where they could. Isn't that what we do too?
It is true that their most talented athletes may have had advantages - and how is that much different than it was in the West? I always remember the advantages the best athletes had in school when I was growing up. I was a cracker jack b-ball player and believe me I had many breaks because of it. I never had to go to gym class and got a double lunch hour. I could get tutoring and always from the cutest girls
Champion boxers sometimes have only one fight a year and train for six months for it.
There's being in shape, and then there is being in "ring shape."
Or rink ready!!! hahaha
This is my first post so I thought I'd make it a silly one.