medal bonuses, sponsorship deals and endorsements, some Olympic athletes make a pretty sweet living performing the sport they love.
For many athletes, their reality is working other jobs to make ends meet, like American curler
Nina Roth who works as a registered nurse in addition to her responsibilities as an athlete.
But for the Olympians in this list, they’ve got the wherewithal to focus on their sport.
GoBankingRates compared athletes’ estimated net worth, and found these are nine of the estimated richest athletes competing in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.
Notice a surprising number of Americans on the list? The
U.S. government doesn’t contribute to the U.S. Olympic Committee, so athletes are driven to get sponsored, which can mean huge paydays for some, and unfortunately, no money for others. Download the Yahoo Finance app, available for Apple and Android. Country: United States Net Worth: $300,000 Kenworthy’s sponsors include Proctor & Gamble and Samsung. The latter recently worked with the Olympic freestyle skier on a series of videos, chronicling his journey from Telluride, Colorado to Olympic glory. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Country: United States Net Worth: Six figures Chen has been skating since he was three, and now at 18, he is one of the youngest athletes competing at the Olympics. He received $18,000 for each win at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating series events, and earned $20,000 from the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in February 2017. It’s estimated that Chen makes at least six figures and he’s certainly received a ton of money from endorsements with United Airlines, Nike and Coca-Cola. Chen won a bronze medal as part of the team event in figure skating at this year’s Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. (TIME) Country: United States Net Worth: $1 million The veteran snowboarder is currently at her fourth Olympics where she had hoped to win her first Olympic gold medal, but came in fourth. Jacobellis is a five-time world champion and has 10 golds under her belt, all from the Winter X Games. She has the most wins of any female in X Games history. She’s got 27 World Cup wins and 43 podium finishes in 72 starts, which is “more than any other snowboardcross racer on the planet.” She has promo deals with Paul Mitchell and Dunkin’ Donuts. (Getty) Country: Canada Net Worth: estimated $2 million (each) It’s rumoured that Canada’s golden ice dance duo make around $2 million each. The two have been skating together for decades and are the 2010 Olympic champions, the 2014 silver medalists, and three-time World champs. They also did a reality show stint, but the terms around the deal weren’t released. Virtue and Moir are now the most decorated Olympic figure skaters with five Olympic medals including their most recent gold medal in ice dance at the Pyeongchang Olympics. (Getty) Country: United States Net Worth: $2 million Mikaela Shiffrin is the top slalom skier in the world and has a net worth of $2 million. In 2014 she competed as the youngest gold medalist in slalom skiing, and she’s endorsed by Red Bull, among others. Shiffrin won the gold medal in women’s slalom at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. (Business Insider) Country: United States Net Worth: $2 million Ligety has three Wold Cup titles and is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Sponsors like Audi contribute to Ligety’s income, and he’s also is a businessman, operating his company, Shred Optics. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo) Country: United States Net Worth: $3 million The comeback queen is soaking up what will most likely be her last Olympic Games, and with sponsors like Under Armour, Red Bull and Rolex, her income stream remains among the top in the sport. She’s easily one of the most recognized athletes in the skiing world, and she’s not letting injuries nor age hold her back. According to Forbes, Vonn has made $225,000 in prize money this season. She’s capped her Olympic career with a bronze in the women’s downhill race in Pyeongchang. (AP) Country: United States Net Worth: $4 million Jamie Anderson is one of the U.S.’s best snowboarders — the 27-year-old won the gold medal for her country at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, and she just defended her title at this year’s Games, winning gold in slopestyle. She has endorsement deals with brands like GoPro and Oakley. (Shutterstock) Country: United States Net Worth: $40 million Shaun White (a.k.a. the “Flying Tomato”) is estimated to be the richest athlete at the 2018 Olympics, reportedly earning a paycheque of $40 million. Endorsement deals with big companies like Burton and Kraft helped him become a millionaire before he was 20. White’s been able to market himself off the hill as well, apppearing in big ticket commercials like this one for the Super Bowl. The 31-year-old clinched another gold medal in Pyeongchang, so that’s even more dough in the pocket. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)