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Beitrag von yyys123 » Fr Mär 20, 2020 8:54 am

It has been another successful Summer Olympics for Team USA, which handily leads the medal standings. Now come the interesting questions for corporate America. Will Michael Phelps, who has a new family, be motivated to cash in? Which company will win the Simone Biles sweepstakes? Will Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and Sydney McLaughlin be lured from school for a financial windfall? Here are my rankings of the endorsement prospects for U.S. Olympic standouts:1. Michael Phelps, swimmerAlthough he might be retired, he firmly established himself as the greatest Olympian of all time. Phelps, who has 23 Olympic gold medals, doesnt love making speeches, long the bread and butter of Olympic champions. But he can clean up for years at corporate events. Under Armour couldnt go all out with its marketing of Phelps during the Games, but it will be interesting to see how big they can grow him. Something to watch might be his swimwear partner, Aqua Sphere, trying to grow the MP logo and signing swimmers to deals to compete against Speedo and Arena.2. Simone Biles, gymnastThe most golden gymnast in a single Olympics with four golds, Biles has a chance to make a mint. Expect her representatives at Octagon, which also represents Phelps, to sign four-year deals that will take her beyond the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Companies have been leery about throwing too much future cash at American gymnastics stars because theres always someone new four years later, but Biles dominance in Rio will help alleviate that. Dont expect Procter & Gamble, Hersheys or Nike to give up what they already bought in Biles, who has 2.5 million Instagram followers.3. Katie Ledecky, swimmerPhelps or no Phelps, Ledecky is the most dominant swimmer in the world. She is going to Stanford, which means she cant take any endorsement deals immediately, but perhaps the lesson of Missy Franklin will make Ledecky a free agent sooner. Franklin was a swimming star of the 2012 Games but didnt take money after it so she could swim at Cal. In Rio, she failed to even make an individual final. Ledecky might swim one year at Stanford before turning pro. The swimsuit battle for Ledecky will be the most hotly contested marketing war for a woman that the market has ever seen.4. Simone Manuel, swimmerA company landing the other Simone is hardly a consolation prize. The first African-American swimmer to win an individual gold medal (in the 50-meter freestyle) also attends Stanford, but theres a possibility, like with Ledecky, that shell quickly move to the pro ranks. Manuel already gave a fun and free post-Olympics endorsement when she returned home and plugged Shipley Do-Nuts on social media.5. Aly Raisman, gymnastCaptain of the gold medal-winning Fierce Five in 2012 and Final Five in Rio, Raisman will get deals for her strong past (she earned four individual-event medals at the two Games combined) and will have a nice speaking career if she wants. Because of her age, 22, she will likely lose out on some endorsements to younger teammates Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez.6. Ashton Eaton, track and fieldEaton capitalized on his first gold in the decathlon in London and was prominently featured by Nike and United leading up to and throughout the Rio Games. While the title of worlds best athlete is his again, its really the worlds fastest man (100 meters) who draws most of the marketing dollars. But, out of any U.S. Olympian, he is the most impressive in person and will get significant dollars if he chooses to go for a third gold in 2020.7. Sydney McLaughlin, track and fieldContinuing the theme of companies not being able to get what they want, McLaughlin -- who just turned 17 -- likely wont turn pro until she finishes high school next year. But with Allyson Felix closing out her career and no one else really emerging on the track the way U.S. swimmers have, McLaughlin is a good investment. In Rio, she made it to the semis in the 400-meter hurdles.8. Ryan Murphy, swimmerThere are plenty of young American female swimmers. Not so much on the mens team. Nathan Adrian is 27, and fellow medalist Anthony Ervin is 35. Ryan Lochte, after his bizarre nonrobbery scandal, isnt getting any new endorsements anytime soon, even if he comes back for 2020. That leaves us with the 21-year-old Murphy, who destroyed the competition on his way to winning gold in the 100- and 200-meter backstrokes.9. Danell Leyva, gymnastLeyva, who won the bronze in the all-around in London, took home two individual silvers in Rio. Hes 24, which means he could be back in 2020. The Cuban native is bilingual, a major plus for brands.10. Lilly King, swimmerKing was upstaged by Ledecky and Manuel, but her bold stance against her main competitor, Russian Yulia Efimova, in the 100-meter breaststroke did two things: It was reminiscent of the old Cold War sports battles, and it was one of the boldest statements an active athlete had ever made about a competitor who had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Efimova tested positive in 2013 and was suspended from the sport. Kings stance and victory over Efimova, combined with her sense of nationalism, made her stand out and boosted her Twitter following tenfold in a matter of weeks. King swims at Indiana and, unlike Ledecky and Manuel, the money she might be able to earn in endorsements doesnt figure to make leaving college an absolute no-brainer. Frank Clark Super Bowl Jersey .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. Tony Gonzalez Super Bowl Jersey . The 27-year-old Scrivens will be joining his third NHL club since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2010. The move also reunites with him with head coach Dallas Eakins from their time together with the American Hockey Leagues Toronto Marlies. . -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $15,570 by the NFL on Wednesday for his hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees last Sunday. Martinas Rankin Super Bowl Jersey . Galatasaray said in a statement on its website Monday that Mancini signed a three-year contract and will be paid 3.5 million euros for the upcoming season, with his salary upped to 4. LeSean McCoy Super Bowl Jersey . Goals from Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller extended Bayerns unbeaten run to a record 37 matches. "This record is incredible," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Fabian Cancellara bounced onto the Olympic podium with a little extra hop on top, for a fleeting moment making everyone forget the 35-year-old cyclist is on the brink of retirement.He looked more like a Swiss schoolboy.Cancellara powered over a hilly, rain-slicked course at the Rio de Janeiro Games on Wednesday to win his second Olympic time trial, denying favorite Tom Dumoulin and British rival Chris Froome. His time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, 15.42 seconds was 47 seconds better than anyone else in the field.For me, what is important is to enjoy this gold medal, Cancellara said, today, tomorrow, when I go home to my family, because this is what is important to me.Dumoulin finished second despite breaking his hand in the Tour de France last month.Froome was trying to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Bradley Wiggins, who won the Tour in 2012 before capturing time trial gold at the London Games. But he was never able to match the pace of Cancellara, falling behind at the first check-point and finishing 1:02 behind.Cancellara began weeping the moment Froome, the last rider of the day, crossed the finish line. He announced more than a year ago that this would be his final season as a cyclist.Fabian was definitely the strongest rider out on the road today, Froome said.Jonathan Castroviejo of Spain was fourth and Rohan Dennis of Australia was fifth, left to rue the bike change he needed to make 56 minutes into the race. The change was calm and quick, but the precious seconds that Dennis lost likely cost him a medal.He was just 23 seconds behind Dumoulin and nine seconds behind Froome.All of them paraded over to congratulate the 35-year-old Cancellara, long one of the sports most popular riders, who quit the Tour early last month to save himself for his final Olympics.He blistered to a big lead by the first check point, tucked into the familiar aero position that has served him so well. The big workhorse hardly lost a second while churning up the Grumari and Grota Funda climbs, then tucked back into his time-trial position and lit off for the finish line.Cancellara rolled throuugh as fans pounded the barricades lining the road.ddddddddddddReaching this today means for me a lot because to participate on the sports highest event, that the world presents, and you win a gold medal -- you do this in your retirement year -- I think Im just super proud, he said. What do I want more than this?The man nicknamed Spartacus won his third Olympic medal -- the two time trial golds and silver in the Beijing Olympic road race. And he will leave Rio much more satisfied than he did London four years ago, when Cancellara crashed out of the leading group late in the road race.He painfully tried to defend his time trial gold from Beijing days later but finished seventh.I had a tough 2012, he said, and coming back now to Rio and reaching this, I mean, yeah, there are no words to describe what happened to me.Dumoulin and Froome were considered the favorites heading into the race, and the Dutchman didnt look bothered by his ailing hand. But he also didnt seem to have Cancellaras power, especially on the flats, but still managed to give the Netherlands its first Olympic mens time trial medal.Im more or less quite disappointed, he said. Everyone is telling me I should be very proud of myself, especially with the last couple of weeks, how it was after the injury. And I know I should be, and I know I will be tomorrow, but yeah, at the moment, I cannot control my feelings.As for Froome, the last two months appeared finally to catch up to the British star.His strong performance in the Tour time trials made him a trendy pick in Rio, but the work he put in to win his third yellow jersey -- not to mention the grueling Olympic road race on Saturday -- left him drained of energy, and he could only manage to slip onto the bottom step of the podium.I wasnt going to be making up a minute on Fabian, Froome said. Im really happy with a medal again. The focus of my season was the Tour de France and to come here and medal again for a second time is amazing. I have no regrets. ' ' '

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