I loved almost everything about I, Tonya, but one of the things that stood out to me was how much it costs to be an Olympic athlete. I was particularly struck by one scene, in which judges knock points off of Tonya Harding's performance because her handmade costume isn't sharp enough, because she can't afford a sleeker outfit. Later, after competing in the 1992 Olympics, Harding starts waitressing, having failed to place high enough to win endorsements. I wondered, how do Olympic athletes make money?
First, let's take a minute to discuss how much it costs to compete in the Olympics. According to Forbes, families who raise Olympic athletes spend thousands of dollars a year on their training. Gymnasts, according to Forbes, spend about $15,000-per-year on their craft, while fencers run up a tab of about $20,000 annually. Alpine skiers can spend anywhere from $6,000 to $30,000 per year on training, while snowboarders clock up $3,000 to $14,000, and figure skaters spend about $10,000 annually. Considering it often takes as much as a decade of training to make it to the Olympics, that racks up to quite a big chunk of change, and since athletes aren't paid by the International Olympic Committee to compete, the costs can be hard, if not impossible, to recoup. Here are a few ways athletes can make a couple bucks: