Forbes Magazine Releases List of the Olympics’ Top Money Earners

Money talks.  Who makes the most?  Who has the best endorsements?  We all want to know.  Forbes Magazine just released their list of the Winter Olympics top money earners.  Some of you may be surprised how much these athletes make.  So let’s start our journey through the Top10 on the Forbes Magazine list.  Excerpts below are from this months issue of Forbes Magazine on newsstands now.

No. 1 (tie): Shaun White

2009 Earnings: $8 million

Country: United States

Sport: Snowboard

Sponsors: Burton, Target, Red Bull, Oakley, Ubisoft, AT&T

The Flying Tomato is hoping to land his second Olympic gold medal as well as a new nickname: The Animal.

No. 1 (tie): Kim Yu-Na

2009 Earnings: $8 million

Country: South Korea

Sport: Ice Skating

Sponsors: Hyundai Motors, Kookmin Bank, Maeil Dairy, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Nike, J.Estina, LG H&H, Tous Les Jours, Universal Music

Known as the Ice Queen, Yu-Na is South Korea’s first hope for an Olympic medal in figure skating.

No. 3 Lindsey Vonn

2009 Earnings: $3 million

Country: United States

Sport: Alpine Skiing

Sponsors: Head, Red Bull, Under Armour, Procter & Gamble, Rolex

On the heels of her back-to-back World Cup championships, Vonn is poised to become the U.S.’ face of the games and win her first Olympic medal.

No. 4 Ted Ligety

2009 Earnings: $2 million

Country: Unites States

Sport: Alpine Skiing

Sponsors: Shred, Rossignol, Booster, Slytech, Komperdell, Audi

After his first Olympics in 2006, Ligety started his own goggle company, Shred–the nickname given to him as a child by a former coach.

No. 5 Apolo Anton Ohno

2009 Earnings: $1.5 million

Country: Unites States

Sport: Short track Speed Skating

Sponsors: Coca-Cola, Alaska Airlines, AT&T, Procter & Gamble, Nestle

Five-time medalist Ohno needs one more to tie the U.S. Winter Olympics record held by speed skater Bonnie Blair.

No. 6 Bode Miller

2009 Earnings: $1.3 million

Country: Unites States

Sport: Alpine Skiing

Sponsors: Nike, Head, Superfund, Pagnella Ski Resort, Hublot, Hot Gear, Madhouse Munchies

Miller is both the most successful and most controversial American skier of all time–a combination that has paid off well in terms of sponsorships from the likes of Nike and Head.

No. 7 (tie): Gretchen Bleiler

2009 Earnings: $1 million

Country: Unites States

Sport: Snowboard

Sponsors: Coca-Cola, K2, Oakley, Nike, Aspen Snowmass, AT&T, Giro, Mission Skincare, 24 Hour Fitness

The 2006 Olympic silver medalist, who designed a signature apparel line with Oakley, had a perfect prelude to the Vancouver games when she won her fourth- straight Winter X Games gold in January.

No. 7 (tie): Lindsey Jacobellis

2009 Earnings: $1 million

Country: Unites States

Sport: Snowboard

Sponsors: Under Armour, Bolle, Bern, Procter & Gamble, Sprint, Paul Mitchell, Airwalk, Sims, Go World

In Snowboardcross’ Olympic debut in 2006, Lucky Lindsey may have only earned a silver medal, but she’s been marketing gold ever since with sponsors like Under Armour and Procter & Gamble.

No. 7 (tie): Hannah Teter

2009 Earnings: $1 million

Country: Unites States

Sport: Snowboard

Sponsors: Burton, Amp, Anon, Gravis, Go211.com, Samsung

The reigning Olympic half pipe gold medalist recently pledged to give back what her sport has given her by donating all her winnings to Haiti relief efforts. In honor of her sweetness, Ben & Jerry’s named its newest ice cream flavor Hannah Teter’s Maple Blondie–a maple ice cream with blonde brownie pieces and a maple caramel swirl.

No. 7 (tie): Maria Riesch

2009 Earnings: $1 million

Country: Germany

Sport: Alpine Skiing

Sponsors: Lange, Head, Betty Barclay, Garmin, Dainese, Leki, Mika, Rodenhouse

The Bavarian-born Riesch, who happens to be Lindsey Vonn’s closest friend, was the 2009 Lange girl and is favored to medal in her first Olympic appearance.

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