Tanya Ghahremani, associate lifestyle editor for Bustle, takes a look at just how much money skaters and their families shell out in pursuit of an almost impossible dream. The Winter Olympics are now underway in PyeongChang, South Korea. Ghahremani explains that even for a low-level skater, the annual cost can rise up to $30,000. Skate boots, costumes, training, and more, all add up. Ghahremani also touches on the controversy surrounding the U.S. flag bearer for the opening ceremony. The team selected luger Erin Hamlin, but speed skater Shani Davis tweeted his displeasure with the decision, saying he'll wait for 2022.

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