At the risk of comparing apples to oranges:
Originally Posted by Skater Boy
Virtue/Moir (and Chan) became "RBC Olympians" last month. Sounded like really great news for them. Based on the press release, the RBC program offers not only funding, but also an opportunity to develop skills that will enhance their future careers outside of skating.
Through the RBC Olympians Program, which began in 2002, RBC recruits and hires elite athletes to work as community ambassadors to bring the Olympic messages of excellence, teamwork, leadership, and commitment to communities. Athletes are hired from across Canada and during the course of their employment, gather skills and experiences that will help with their career transitions to life after sport. The program also provides the athletes much needed funding and flexible work arrangements which allow them to focus on training and competition. Since its inception, more than 185 Olympic and Paralympic athletes have participated in the RBC Olympians program and 10 have become full-time RBC employees.
No offense to Davis/White and other American skaters, but I would venture to say that as Canadians, V/M and Chan perhaps are "bigger fish in a smaller pond" -- in terms of endorsement possibilities. In that sense, hard to say whether either nationality gives its skaters an "advantage", IMHO.