Originally Posted by Muleski
One of the neat things among the make-up of the current USST is that there seem to be a ton of them who just love to ski.
From my personal experience, I wouldn't say there's a ton of them who love skiing, but there's every single one who loves to ski. At least in skiing, and I doubt there's much different in any other sport, I don't know anyone, from little kids to WC winners, who would be skiing because of money, glory or something else. Every single one just love to ski, and if there's some money on glory as "side effect" it just makes it better. But main reason to be there is love to ski, nothing else.
And this is pretty normal anyway. There's only very few people who earn a lot of money, and who get some TV time and with this related glory. Everyone else have to have some other reason for training just as hard as those few previously mentioned guys. I was in this myself, I never did anything special result wise, but I still consider those years as best time of my life. And then back to those few guys who do well. Most of them (like Miller, Raich, Vonn, Svindal etc.) have enough money so they can quit anytime, yet they all still go on and on. And this is probably best proof it's not about money, but about love... even if it might sound weird :)