Pangtongfan is correct. In part because of money the costs and lack of financial compensation. I know some skaters, prominent worked the zamboni or Starbucks still a lot of them come from very blessed homes financially wise. then some like Chan had sponsors and the Chinese community help out considerably his dad is a lawyer but "only" makes I think $170,000 Cdn (there is some list where you can see what he actually makes - Lewis Chan. OTOH Sarah Hughes dad is a big time NY lawyer and his salary in US dollars would be triple maybe quadruple that and that is without one of his daughter's nasty flutzes lol. Tara Lipiniski's dad was I believe an oil executive and I think Sasha Cohen''s family had money too.