Flying Tomato squashes Vonn-couver in earnings stakes

February 9, 2010

OLYMPICS/SNOWBOARDINGStep forward the top earning athlete at these Winter Olympics… Not so fast, Lindsey Vonn!

According to Forbes, the two athletes in a high-rolling class of their own are Shaun White — the Flying Tomato himself — and South Korea’s Kim Yu-na, the insanely popular 19-year-old figure skater.

White, the U.S. snowboarder who is unmistakable thanks to that shock of red hair, and Kim earned $8 million apiece last year, Forbes reckon. That put them ahead of everyone else at the Games, apart from the mega-salaried NHL hockey players who were left off the list.

U.S. skier Vonn is seen by many as the face of these Games yet she is a long way back in the earnings stakes, having banked $3 million last year, according to Forbes.

The full story from my colleague Ben Klayman is here and the magazine’s full list can be found here

PHOTO: Snowboarder Shaun White of the U.S. looks up after winning the finals of the half pipe snowboarding competition at the 2010 U.S. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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