I will go out on a limb and reiterate: a Gracie Gold Olympic win (which is a conditional, not part of my prediction, and certainly not for 2014, although the probability is not zero) will see her making at least 7 million dollars in the 12 months that follow.
It is highly likely, though, that we may have to wait until 2018 to see who will be drinking Pilsner Urquell for free.
And no abusing your awesome powers as a mod to 'inadvertently' delete this post at a later date .
This is, of course, purely ignorant speculation on my part, but one that I'm willing to tangibly back.
However, also, consider that Nancy Kerrigan had many more major endorsement deals than Kristi, including Disney. Nancy also may have gotten some of those jobs because of her pre-Olympic celebrity whack and/or from having better representation.
Michele didn't win OGM, but she has had a lot of endorsements due to her graciousness in 'defeat', her celebrity status as the reserve skater if Tonya were barred from the Olympics and her longevity in the sport.
However, i don't recall Tara getting huge endorsements post OGM - perhaps because she was a child when she won???
Sarah - no major endorsements beyond the initial post OGM buzz. Don't know why her story wasn't buzzed into a Cinderella winner. perhaps 'tarnished' somewhat by her results post OGM? or Sarah eschewed the spotlight?
Kind of hard to second guess since there are a lot of variables involved.
I think Gracie will get some signficant endorsements if she wins OGM because she is pretty and because it's been a long time since the US had an OGM in Ladies' figure skating.
Yeah, skating in this country, unless someone is as glamorous as Kim and becomes a media star as well as a star athlete, will not net anyone, even a ladies' singles OGM winner, the kind of bonanza that the other athletes on that list take in.
And compared to other American ladies, Gold does not have any kind of monopoly on prettiness. (Or on "All-American"-ness, whatever the heck that means.)
Perhaps McKayla Maroney is the gymnast who is the best model for what might help American skating's popularity.
She happens to be extremely pretty, but her refreshing personality and candor -- not to mention her excellence in her sport -- are what captured her country's (and even the world's) imagination.
Sonia Henie was reportedly worth 50 million dollars when she died. This was back in the 1960s when 50 million dollars was actually some money. She got rich from movies and real estate investments. When Janet Lynn signed with Ice Follies she was the highest paid woman athlete in the world for one year. Dorothy Hamill was immensely popular, but later lost a substantial amount of money when she invested in Ice Capades.
I think the richest U.S. ice skater is Scott hamilton. I don't know if this web site knows what it's talking about, but they have Scott's net worth pegged at 30 million dollars.
Here are some others.
Brian Boitano - 18 million
Kristi Yamaguchi - 18 million
Evan Lysacek - 10 million (Evan's my guy, but I don't believe it. )
Peggy Fleming - 8 million
Michelle Kwan - 8 million. (It doesn't say how much Mrs. Claiborne Pell IV is worth, but "old money" counts twice. By the way, Mr. Pell has just completed the White House Fellowship that he beat Michelle out of -- as Michelle said, "I lost the fellowship but I got the fellow" -- and is now serving in the U.S. Department of Education in charge of international and foreign language instruction. Pell is fluent in Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish.
Dorothy Hamill - 5 million
Tara Lipinski - 4 million
U.S. men skaters are doing as well as the ladies!
Gabby Douglas - 3 million
Shawn Johnson - 9 million
Nastia Liukin - 2 million
Shaun White - 20 million
Mathman -- negative $3.29.
Last edited by Mathman; 05-09-2013 at 03:59 PM.
Don't you ever be condescending towards me about motorsport, pal. I may be a girl. But I KNOW motorsport. More than you can say I'm sure.
Joking aside, my view is not that corn-fed and wholesome doesn't sell; it's that it's no longer the only thing that sells. There is no question that a wider range of traits, in looks/ethnicity/personality/etc. are now potentially marketable, reflecting the more diverse composition of America since George Bailey's day.
The following are some random thoughts addressing the interesting and stimulating points of view of the various posters who have commented on this question, including Mathman, golden411, Olympia, karne, heyang, louisa05, and others:
IMHO, the combination of corn-fed/wholesome etc. etc. with a ladies figure skating gold medal will be a huge marketing draw, even in this age of audience segmentation. I will even suggest a parallel from Simon Cowell's parallel universe: Jackie Evancho.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I was watching Susan Boyle's videos on Youtube for the very first time (I'd never heard of her before then; but that first audition vid for "Britain's Got Talent" was astounding, and, I admit, emotionally affecting). She is the poster-child for the "We Are the World", politically correct idea that there is no limit to the type of diversity that can appeal to audiences.
While exploring the Susan Boyle phenomenon, I happened to see the links to Jackie (who I was also learning about for the very first time; does that sound unbelievable?). I watch these kinds of TV shows only rarely, and have never understood the appeal of the vast majority of so-called winners, but these two were, for me, genuinely interesting. Susan for the back-story, and Jackie because she is the very definition of precocious talent. I mean, at first I thought she was a twenty year old with a hormonal disorder.
Anyway, the point is this: I understand now that Jackie has become a breakout star. Certainly her vocal talent explains much of her success. But my guess is that her doll-like (and blonde; I don't know whether it's natural or not ) looks, and squeaky-clean, wholesome image were also a key contributor to her appeal and success.
The marketing archetypes that a Jackie Evancho or a (hypothetically OGM-winning) Gracie Gold represent are still, I think, very much alive and kicking, and to dismiss this is to fail to distinguish between the pragmatically diagnostic and the normatively prescriptive.
I think part of the reason why Gracie hasn't reached McKayla Maroney-levels of fame is because she hasn't had time to grow accustomed to the spotlight that's suddenly been thrown on her. After she gets more comfortable with the constant media attention buzzing around her head, we'll see the real Gracie emerge. And, once she puts more personality on the ice, she'll win the crowd every competition.
If I may go the superficial route for a moment, I'd dare to suggest that, of the current crop of American ladies, Gracie is by and far the most "conventionally" beautiful. In that blue FS dress, she can pass for a Hollywood star, which is what the press loves. If she ends up winning OGM in 2018, I don't doubt that figure skating's popularity would soar tremendously in the US. It probably won't reach the coverage that it enjoyed during MK's career, if only because the public got to watch MK blossom from a wee little prodigy into one of the biggest names in skating history, but Gracie IS the next star of US skating. IMO, of course.