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March 16th - Tip by Kris Mychasiw
Tip by: Kris Mychasiw

Medals mean little unless Olympic or World

Kris Mychasiw

Kris Mychasiw
Sports Agent
Montréal, Québec

Sprint Management

Kris is the Chief Operating Officer of the The Surin Group. His main areas of expertise are athlete recruitment, event organization, media relations and contract negotiations.

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  • anonymous Anonymous
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    Anonymous said 3 years ago

    Positivity at it's finest!

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    CheetoDorito said 3 years ago

    I guess from a sports agent's perspective, this is true, but not all athletes are trying to score sponsorships and endorsements. I think that all medals, from provincial, to national still hold tremendous personal value to the winners, and even to their competitors who missed out. Mose of mine are retired in a shoebox, I'm not trying to impress anyone with them. They all a story attached to them, and thats why they mean a lot to me.

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    mattnorminton said 3 years ago

    I suppose I see the point you are trying to make here Kris but your "tip" comes across as arrogant and not really much of a useful tip for 99.9% of the people using this board. If the point of your tip was to discourage people from contacting you to be their agent you should have just said that. But to belittle the accomplishments of 99.9% of the people that take part in our sport is pretty arrogant.

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    Andrew Jones said 3 years ago

    I would love to see this "tip" expanded upon. Sometimes these sound bytes are just too trite for their own good. Kris, please tell us more.

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    kris said 3 years ago

    Hey all

    I've always welcomed all e-mails and questions pertaining to the business of athletics. The tip mentioned above makes reference to the circuit where athletes are a dime a dozen, unless you have an Olympic & World Medal. Those are the only two global medals that hold any power when negotiating appearance fees at the Diamond League & World Challenge level.

    I often reference global medals as those should be the goal of anyone on the message board, to one day be part of the exclusive group of Worlds & Olympics. To each their own, that being said I know a lot of athletes who equally value their first medal ever in the sport, as it was the start of something bigger.

    Kris

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    Andrew Jones said 3 years ago

    Quoting: kris
    "Hey all

    I've always welcomed all e-mails and questions pertaining to the business of athletics. The tip mentioned above makes reference to the circuit where athletes are a dime a dozen, unless you have an Olympic & World Medal. Those are the only two global medals that hold any power when negotiating appearance fees at the Diamond League & World Challenge level.

    I often reference global medals as those should be the goal of anyone on the message board, to one day be part of the exclusive group of Worlds & Olympics. To each their own, that being said I know a lot of athletes who equally value their first medal ever in the sport, as it was the start of something bigger.

    Kris"


    Kris, does a WC medal = an Olympic medal, from a bargaining POV? Also, can you comment on the "hierarchy of events" with regards to available pools of cash (i.e, I assume the 100 is the "King of Cash", but how do the other events shake out after that?)

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    HJ23 said 3 years ago

    From any POV, I would think an Olympic medal > WC medal (assuming they're the same color) because of the Olympics being every four years and it's the only time (North American) people pay attention to track.

    For the "hierarchy of events", that depends on which event(s) are doing well in terms of performance and how marketable an athlete is in the event. Example: Men's HJ - Meet organizers are probably willing to pay a lot to have Barshim show up at their meet, as well as the other 240 Club Jumpers.

    I could be totally wrong since this is just my opinion so take this with a grain of salt.

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    Anonymous said 3 years ago

    I would say it depends on the year of the Diamond League event. For example who is likely to be fitter? The World Champion from the previous year or the Olympic Champion from 3 years ago?

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    10k+ said 3 years ago

    Quoting: HJ23
    "From any POV, I would think an Olympic medal > WC medal (assuming they're the same color) because of the Olympics being every four years and it's the only time (North American) people pay attention to track.

    For the "hierarchy of events", that depends on which event(s) are doing well in terms of performance and how marketable an athlete is in the event. Example: Men's HJ - Meet organizers are probably willing to pay a lot to have Barshim show up at their meet, as well as the other 240 Club Jumpers.

    I could be totally wrong since this is just my opinion so take this with a grain of salt."


    Interesting blog post here about that wrt 10000m and 10k road.
    http://gsnider.blogspot.ca/2015/03/10-kilometer-cycles-track-and-road.html

    How fast the times are in 10k depend on whether it's an Olympic year or not. I wonder if this is true across the other events?

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    10k+1 said 3 years ago

    Last post should have quoted reply #8... my bad

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    bonstad said 3 years ago

    Kris Mychasiw
    Tip by: Kris Mychasiw

    "Medals mean little unless Olympic or World"

    So don't contact Kris Mychasiw to help you unless you've got one of these? I think it would be too late for representation at that point.

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