From blade-sharpening to ballet — the cost of being an Olympic figure skater

Figure skating when done right looks effortless at the Winter Olympics — but those flawless performances take hours of extreme physical labor on and off the ice and thousands of dollars spent on skates, coaching and outfits.

Training with the intention of competing can cost skaters and their families between $10,000 to $20,000, if not more. The most expensive part of training: Coaching. Serious skaters need around five hours a week of coaching, at $100 to $160 an hour, as well as separate coaching from a choreographer and off-ice trainers for ballet or stretching.

Those non-skating sessions or classes can cost just as much as a main coach, said Rosie Tovi, a former professional figure skater for the U.S.A.

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