The 2018 Winter Games in South Korea feature athletes from around the world in amateur sports events that are among the most exciting you’ll ever see.
Some of the athletes will become celebrities. Potentially very wealthy celebrities with millions of fans and millions of dollars.
Follow along as we count down the 10 richest Winter Olympics stars, followed by a well-known Olympian who is very poor by comparison.
7. Kristi Yamaguchi (tie)
Kristi Yamaguchi is a two-time world champion and an Olympic gold medalist in singles figure skating. She captured the hearts of Americans with her spunky style and impressive athleticism during the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France.
After her Olympics win, Yamaguchi performed with "Stars on Ice" for many years, and in 2008 she became a champion on TV's Dancing With the Stars. Her first children’s book came out in 2011, titled Dream Big, Little Pig!
Kristi Yamaguchi is worth $8 million, says Celebrity Net Worth.
7. Bode Miller (tie)
This six-time Olympic medalist (one gold, three silver, two bronze) showed he was a talented Alpine skier in multiple events, including slalom and downhill. In 2014, at age 36, he became the oldest Alpine skier to win an Olympic medal.
Miller is known for his brash style and love-hate relationship with the media. He was so successful from his racing and endorsements that he left the U.S. ski team for two years in 2007 to start his own training program.
Bode (pronounced BOH-dee) Miller is worth $8 million, according to TheRichest.
7. Nancy Kerrigan (tie)
Nancy Kerrigan's 1992 bronze and 1994 silver medals in figure skating will forever be overshadowed by the violent attack on her knee before her second Winter Games. An associate of her rival, Tonya Harding, struck her in the leg after a practice session.
After her successful skating career, Kerrigan found work as a model, spokeswoman and actor. She hosted Saturday Night Live and competed on Dancing With the Stars. She married her manager after retiring from figure skating.
Nancy Kerrigan's net worth is $8 million, reports Celebrity Net Worth.
7. Peggy Fleming (tie)
A star of the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in France, figure skater Peggy Fleming was the only American to win a gold medal that year. Her beauty on the ice and unorthodox style earned her a reputation as a consummate performer.
She later went pro to skate with the Ice Capades, and she has been a fixture of ABC Sports' figure skating coverage, serving as a commentator with the network since 1981.
Peggy Fleming has a net worth of $8 million, according to TheRichest.
6. Apolo Ohno
Apolo Ohno is a short-track speed skater who has won eight medals in three Olympic appearances. He won countless fans with his happy-go-lucky style and signature locks of flowing hair.
After his skating career, Ohno became a philanthropist, activist and motivational speaker. He was a winner on Dancing With the Stars in 2007, and went on to become a commentator for NBC during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Apolo Ohno has a net worth of $10 million, says Celebrity Net Worth.
5. Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan is considered one of the greatest figure skaters of all time. She is a silver and bronze medalist from two Winter Games (1998 and 2002) and was known for her expressive and artistic style — very popular with American television audiences.
She also is a published author, actor, voiceover artist, activist and model. Her endorsement deals have been with companies including McDonald's, Visa, Disney, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet and many others.
Michelle Kwan is worth $16 million, reports Celebrity Net Worth.
4. Brian Boitano
Brian Boitano was a household name during the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, Canada. His powerful figure skating and impressive style earned him fame, fortune and a gold medal. He was part of the “Battle of the Brians” rivalry with Canadian skater Brian Orser.
Boitano later found work as a spokesman, activist and actor. He starred in his own TV cooking show (What Would Brian Boitano Make?) and joined the U.S. delegation for the 2014 Sochi Olympics as a team official.
Brian Boitano's net worth is $18 million, according to TheRichest.
3. Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton is a legend in U.S. figure skating. In his long and storied career, he won a gold medal in 1984 and was named by Associated Press in 1993 as one of the eight most popular American sports personalities — ahead of Michael Jordan!
Since retiring from competition, Hamilton has devoted his time to philanthropy and public appearances. He is a cancer survivor and strong supporter of causes including children’s health, the Special Olympics and Make-A-Wish.
Scott Hamilton is worth $30 million, according to TheRichest.
2. Shaun White
This three-time Olympic gold medalist competing in the 2018 Winter Games is the most recognized name in snowboarding. His red hair and extreme maneuvers on the slopes have earned him a loyal following of fans.
White's sponsorships include deals with Burton, Oakley, Target, Red Bull and the video games company Ubisoft. He has his own game franchises, Shaun White Snowboarding and Shaun White Skateboarding.
Shaun White has a net worth of at least $40 million, reports Elite Daily.