Nobody becomes an Olympic athlete for the money.
Often rich athletes will be asked to compete at an Olympics, as is the case with NHL and NBA basketball players. But the majority of Olympic athletes not only do not make big money, they’re largely forgotten after the Games end.
Sadly, that’s the way it’s always been and likely will continue to be. Remember all the great Canadian stories out of the 2014 Sochi Olympics? How much attention is being paid to those great athletes now?
The big news in Toronto these days is the Maple Leafs possibly, perhaps, maybe dangling captain Dion Phaneuf to other NHL teams for trade consideration. Personally, I think it’s even bigger news — huge news in fact — if the Leafs DIDN’T want to try to trade Phaneuf. But I digress.