What is Winter Olympics 2018?
The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (Korean: 제23회 동계 올림픽, translit. Jeisipsamhoe Donggye Ollimpik), officially stylized and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, is an international multi-sport event currently being held from 9 to 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, with the opening rounds for certain events held on the eve of the opening ceremony—8 February 2018. Pyeongchang was elected as the host in July 2011, during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. It marks the first time South Korea has hosted the Winter Olympics, and the second Olympics in the country overall after the 1988 Summer Olympics in the nation’s capital, Seoul. It also marks the third time East Asia has hosted the Winter Games, after Sapporo, Japan (1972), and Nagano, Japan (1998), and the sixth overall Olympic Games held in East Asia. It is the first of three consecutive Olympic Games scheduled to be held in East Asia, preceding Tokyo 2020 (Summer) and Beijing 2022 (Winter).
The games feature 102 events in fifteen sports, with the addition of “big air” snowboarding, mass start speed skating, mixed doubles curling, and mixed team alpine skiing to the Winter Olympic programme. 2,914 athletes from 92 National Olympic Committees are expected to compete, including the debuts of Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore.
The lead-up to these Games was affected by the ongoing tensions between South Korea and North Korea, and the ongoing 2017–18 missile crisis. These led to security concerns, with several countries threatening to skip the games if their safety was not ensured. In January 2018, after their first high-level talks in over two years, North Korea agreed to participate in the Games along with South Korea. The countries also agreed to march together, as a united “Korea”, during the opening ceremony, and to field a unified women’s ice hockey team.
Shaun White’s Net Worth: $40 million
Olympian Shaun White may have added some gold to his collection Tuesday night, but he’s got plenty of green to his name as well.
White is the wealthiest of the U.S. Olympians competing in the winter games this year, with some estimates putting his total net worth at $40 million. Even with bonuses from the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) for his performance at the PyeongChang Olympics, it’s hard to make that sort of coin riding a snowboard. Here’s how White has amassed such a fortune.
Estimates put the 31-year-old’s annual income at $10 million from endorsements and royalties. Shaun White’s net worth rose after he signed a 10-year multimillion dollar endorsement deal with Burton Snowboards in 2009.
White also has a bestselling videogame under Ubisoft and also has had deals with Red Bull, Target, Oakley, Kraft, and Hewlett Packard.
Born September 3, 1986 in San Diego, White has won dozens of medals for snowboarding along with a handful for skateboarding.
White won two snowboarding gold medals at the Olympics — in halfpipe at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
He has the distinction of winning more X Games and overall medals than any other athlete in history.
2. X Games Galore’ Net Worth:
This includes a dozen gold medals for snowboarding at the X Games — where he has also won three silver medals and two bronze.
The gold medals were for superpipe in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and then for slopestyle in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2009.
As for the other board he rides, the skateboard, White has won two gold medals, two silvers, and one bronze at the X Games.
He has also won 10 ESPY awards and set numerous records in snowboarding. He scored a perfect 100 in his qualifying event for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Interestingly, he also had a stint as a guitarist in a rock band called Bad Things; the drummer of the band sued him in 2016 and the two settled out of court.
3. Jamie Anderson’s Net Worth: $4 Million
Jamie Anderson has an estimated $4 million from deals with GoPro, Monster Energy, and Oakley; the snowboarder won a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
- Two-time Olympian (2014, 2018); Two-time Olympic medalist (2 gold)
- PyeongChang 2018, gold (slopestyle)
- Sochi 2014, gold (slopestyle)
Other Career Highlights
- 2017 FIS World Cup Standings, 1st (slopestyle), 2nd (overall), 5th (big air)
- 2017 X Games Norway, silver (slopestyle)
- 2017 X Games Aspen, silver (slopestyle)
- 2016 FIS World Cup Standings, 1st (overall, big air, slopestyle)
- 2016 X Games Aspen, silver (slopestyle)
- 2015 X Games Aspen, silver (slopestyle)
- 2014 FIS World Cup Standings, 4th (slopestyle), 8th (overall)
- 2014 X Games Aspen, silver (slopestyle)
- 2013 FIS World Cup Standings, 2nd (slopestyle)
- 2013 X Games Tignes, silver (slopestyle)
- 2013 X Games Aspen, gold (slopestyle)
- 2012 X Games Aspen, gold (slopestyle)
- 2011 X Games Aspen, bronze (slopestyle)
- 2010 X Games Aspen, silver (slopestyle)
- 2008 X Games Aspen, gold (slopestyle)
- 2007 X Games Aspen, gold (slopestyle)
- 2006 X Games Aspen, bronze (slopestyle)
- Became youngest Winter X-Games medalist when she won bronze in 2006 at age 15
4. Lindsey Vonn’s Net worth: $3 Million
Lindsey Vonn has accrued an estimated $3 million from sponsorships with Rolex, Oakley, amd Under Armour, she has skiied slalom at four winter Olympics (but missed Sochi) since 2002 and won a gold and a bronze medal
- Four-time Olympian (2002, 2006, 2010, 2018); Three-time Olympic medalist (1 gold, 2 bronze)
- PyeongChang 2018, bronze (downhill); 6th (super-G)
- Vancouver 2010, gold (downhill); bronze (super-G); DNF (giant slalom, slalom, super combined)
- Torino 2006, 7th (super-G); 8th (downhill); 14th (slalom); DNF (giant slalom)
- Salt Lake City 2002, 6th (combined); 32nd (slalom)
World Championship Experience
- Most recent: 2017 – bronze (downhill), 5th (combined), DNF (super-G)
- Years of participation: 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
- Medals: 7 (2 golds, 3 silvers, 2 bronzes)
- Gold – 2009 (downhill, super-G)
- Silver – 2007 (downhill, super-G), 2011 (downhill)
- Bronze – 2015 (super-G), 2017 (downhill)
Other Career Highlights
- 2017 FIS World Cup Standings, 4th (downhill)
- 2016 FIS World Cup Standings, 2nd (overall), 1st (downhill), 3rd (super-G), 5th (combined)
- 2015 FIS World Cup Standings, 3rd (overall), 1st (downhill, super-G)
- 2013 FIS World Cup Standings, 1st (downhill), 4th (super-G), 8th (overall)
- 2012 FIS World Cup Standings, 1st (overall, combined, downhill, super-G), 2nd (giant slalom)
- 2011 FIS World Cup Standings, 2nd (overall), 1st (combined, downhill, super-G)
- 2010 FIS World Cup Standings, 1st (overall, combined, downhill, super-G)
- 2009 FIS World Cup Standings, 1st (overall, super-G, downhill), 2nd (combined), 3rd (slalom), 8th (giant slalom)
- 2008 FIS World Cup Standings, 1st (overall, downhill), 2nd (combined), 6th (super-G)
- 2007 FIS World Cup Standings, 3rd (downhill, super-G), 6th (overall), 7th (combined)
- 2006 FIS World Cup Standings, 2nd (downhill), 3rd (combined), 4th (super-G), 5th (overall), 9th (slalom)
- 2005 FIS World Cup Standings, 3rd (super-G), 5th (combined, downhill), 6th (overall)
- Holds the American record and is ranked second in the world for most world cup victories.
5. Mikaela Shiffrin’s Net Worth: $2 Million
Mikaela Shiffrin has an estimated $2 million from endorsing Red Bull and Longines watches, after becoming the youngest gold medal winner in slalom skiing in Sochi
- Two-time Olympian (2014, 2018); two-time Olympic medalist (2 gold)
- PyeongChang 2018, gold (giant slalom), 4th (slalom)
- Sochi 2014, gold (slalom), 5th (giant slalom)
- At age 18, became the youngest ever to win an Olympic gold medal in slalom (2014)
World Championship Experience
- Most recent: 2017 – gold (slalom), silver (giant slalom)
- Years of Participation: 2013, 2015, 2017
- Medals: 4 (3 golds, 1 silver)
- Gold – 2013 (slalom), 2015 (slalom), 2017 (slalom)
- Silver – 2017 (giant slalom)
- In 2017, became the first woman to win three consecutive slalom world titles in 78 years
Other Career Highlights
- 2017 FIS World Cup Standings, 1st (overall, slalom), 2nd (giant slalom), 6th (combined)
- 2016 FIS World Cup Standings, 4th (slalom), 10th (overall)
- 2015 FIS World Cup Standings, 1st (slalom), 3rd (giant slalom)
- 2014 FIS World Cup Standings, 1st (slalom)
- 2013 FIS World Cup Standings, 1st (slalom)
- In 2013, became the fourth-youngest woman to win a world cup title and the first American slalom world cup champion since 1983.
- In 2013, became the first non-European skier to win four world cup slalom races in a single season.
- In 2012, was voted FIS Alpine World Cup Rookie of the Year after landing her first world cup podium at age 16.
This year, athletes receive $37,500 for wining gold medal at the winter Olympics — and these earnings are tax free.
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