With the 2012 Olympics now wrapped up, many gold-winning athletes are naturally looking at what kind of earning potential their newfound prominence can bring.
A Boston.com article on Tuesday noted that area gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman is likely to draw a considerable payday in the form of likely national endorsements in the coming months. For judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison of Wakefield however, the earnings potential is likely nowhere near as high because her sport is less known and does not receive near the same TV ratings as Olympic gymnastics.
The Globe article quoted Harrison’s coach, Jimmy Pedro of Wakefield, as suggesting that she could still potentially earn somewhere between $100,000 and $250,000 in endorsements, and that Harrison will be discussing this further with advisors this week.
On Thursday, August 2, Harrison defeated Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain to become the first American judoka to win a gold medal. On the way to her medal in the 78kg class, Harrison also had to dispatch opponents from Brazil, Hungary, and Russia.
A separate item today on Wakefield Patch notes that Harrison was also recently recognized for her accomplishment with the O.C. Tanner Inspiration Award.