The WTT prize money is generous not only in its amount ($1M) but also in its rather even distribution so any participant will wins an nice equitable amount. A winning team member will win $25,000 while a skater from the last placed team will receive $16,250, assuming a prize is shared equally by all eight members including each of the Pairs and Dance partners. This is such an opportunity for some skaters not usually on the big event podium.
- The skating federation of each country is allowed to keep up to 10% of the team's prize money.
- And the shares of the eight skaters are not exactly equal. Each singles skater receives 15% of the remaining amount. Each pair or dance couple receives 20%.
(The Japanese federation also is paying for travel expenses for skaters, judges, etc. - from all teams.)
In revision, a winning team Single member's take will be $30K, and $40 per couple, and the lowest prizes will be $19,500/Single and $26K/couple. Not bad at all, for figure skaters. Especially when it is net.
Updates on skaters:
Hitting 3-3 a couple pf times. Looked delighted and in a great shape.
Was all smiling and doing some funny steps!
Showed up in the Mens practice today.
Though it took him 13 hrs flight to Japan, he slept very well last night, he said.
Hitting 4T. Looks in a great shape, too.
You can also follow the TV Asahi's official twitter, though it's in Japanese:
Here is hoping Patrick putting behind him the pressures and the distress of coaching change to bring us a flawless Aranjuez! And it better be uploaded to Youtube. Pronto.
Wishing all skaters a great time and their best skates!
According to Alena Leonova's blog at a Russian new agency R-Sport website (in Russian), she has been ill and running a fever prior to her departure to Japan. She was off ice for one day, felt better next day (the day of departure), but once she got on the ice she realized that she was very weak and cannot do any triples She is determined to attend both practices tomorrow, though.