Originally Posted by Yogghi
Giuliano Razzoli (Italy) got 135.000€ for his 1st place in Zagreb!
Actually that was the total for the entire field. He got 50.000 € . Not exactly chump change.
Originally Posted by Stranger
Wonder what the associations pay their athletes as a stipends and for results?
Even in the 60's the French teams were being paid by the government, they were all paid as customs officials. Does the USSA have a program for our team? Is there a cash reward for a world championship or an Olympic medal? Is our compensation program comparable to the Europeans?
How about from the equipment manufacturers?
I raced for Rossignol, Marker and Nordica for a couple years '76 - '77, '77 - '78. The second year I had an agreement that classified me as an 'independant contractor' and provided for 'compensation' in annual payments plus 'incentive' payments. There was an entire schedule of payments for placing in the CanAm, Europa Cup, World Cup and Championships and Olympics. Additionally, there were was a 'Seeding Bonus' for achieving FIS points that placed me in the first or second seed in each event. The US Team would receive the money and then distribute it to me as 'broken time payments'; money in lieu of the revenues I might have otherwise made from employment.
I traveled and trained extensively with the US Team in 1977. As far as I know, all expenses were paid by the US Team; I know I didn't kick in anything and I don't think my parents or club did either. Twice to Europe, once to South America.
So the US Team only covered expenses, to my knowledge, while the equipment sponsors provided the 'payment' I would receive.
I haven't a clue how it is now other than what I've read here. Frankly I'm a bit surprised at the lack of financial support for those that aren't on the A Team.