Originally Posted by Atomicman
the attention he brings lately is not what the people with the resources are interested in !
That is absolutely absurd. You are the #1 guy on the US ski team and you you are knda maybe thinkin about possibly coming to the olympics. You've sealed the deal on true idiocy with a comment like that!
What is so important about the Olympic games anyways? Lets examine this closer, shall we?
The Olympic Games take approximately two weeks out of every four years. The World Cup season lasts approximately 5 months, or about 150 days. That is 600 days compared to 14 , or approximately 42 times as much time. There are 5 races during the Olympic games. There are usually around 40 races on the World Cup tour every year, several combineds, plus two World Championships between every Olympic year, with 5 races during each of those championships. That's over 170 races, or more than 34 times as many races as there are during the Olympics. The World Cup also gives out 4 discipline trophies at the end of every year, plus an overall title. That's another 20 World Cup trophies, plus 10 World Championship trophies up for grabs between Olympics.
60,000 people show up to watch the races at Kitzbuhel every year, and around 30,000 go to the Schladming slaloms. Both those numbers usually eclipse Olympic Games numbers, unles the Olypics are being held in an Alpine nation.
Every World Cup race is different, but winning one is usually worth between $10,000 and $50,000. There is no prize money for winning an olympic medal, though some countries have introduced "bonuses".
I don't have tv numbers at my disposal, but though the Olympic Games may peak in viewership by the simple fact a lot of non-regular fans curiously tuning in, over the course of four years, viewership for the World Cup and the World Championships is probably equal to or greater than for those two Olympic weeks.
While the Olympic Games have a certain clout and importance, why is that so? And to whom? Certainly not to the millions of Europeans, (who are arguably the most educated fans about racing) who value a season title, a win at the World Championships or at Kitzbuhel far more than any Olympic medal.
So idiocy, you say? I beg to differ. Perhaps it may also be claimed that putting so much emphasis on the Olympics is idiocy.