Three part-time jobs to get to the Winter Olympics and then quit 

Ski jumping has been a Winter Olympics sport since 1924, but only as a men discipline. First women’s event was held only at the 2014 Olympics after a group of fifteen competitive female ski jumpers filed a lawsuit against the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. One of this plaintiffs …

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Day jobs of Winter Olympic athletes

Nina Roth, a 30-year-old professional curler, finally met her dreams and made her Olympic debut at the 2018 Winter Olympics with the USA Team. But to achieve that she had to work extra hard at the full-time job she has as a registered nurse. She doesn’t have lucrative sponsorship deals as some Olympic standouts, so she …

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Salary of a professional figure skater

Figure skating is one of the most popular sports at Winter Olympics but is also one of the most expensive ones. Professional skaters start to train at a very young age, so the costs rack up every year with training and especially competition equipment, that is changed every competitive year, multiple courses, supplemental coaches, choreographers, …

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Striving for gold might leave you broke

Samantha Achterberg, a 26 years old U.S. Modern Pentathlon athlete, is often worried about losing her home. Her income is roughly $8,000 per year, which is well below the poverty level of $11,880, according to 2016 U.S. federal income guidelines, and is mostly obtained through donations and gifts. The prospect of finding a new apartment …

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An athletic scholarship is not enough

There is a gap between what the athletic scholarship in the U.S. provides and what the actual cost of college attendance usually demands. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the school of Division I football player Dominic Sylvester, that gap is about $3,000. Sylvester’s tuition, books, dorm room and meal plan are paid for …

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The price of being one of the best at an Olympic sport

For Jeremy Taiwo, a 28 years old U.S. decathlete, sports career expenses presented constant stress. To compete in this discipline, one needs different shoes for nearly every event. He has long jump shoes and high jump shoes, those for sprinting and those for distance running. He needs 3 different pairs for shot put, discus and …

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One strike, you’re out

To express the importance of equality in sports we like to discuss the findings and developments of this returning subject. As mentioned earlier in our blog post, completely balancing out the sexes within sports is a lengthy process and will only be achieved when live women sports are as globally recognized as live men sports by …

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Champions League Group Round aftermath

Three very exciting months of Europe’s premier club football are behind us. We watched 96 Champions League 2018/2019 matches and witnessed 275 goals, from which 32 were scored in first 15 minutes and 20 in the last 90+ for extra drama. All the teams are now known for the Round of 16 draw, that is …

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Video games as an Olympic Sport?

In less than a month we enter the year 2019. In this run-up year towards the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, we will see the Olympiads taking their ultimate form, as they prepare to bring home the medals. Among all the medal-winning sports that are being practised at the 2020 Olympics, one $1.65 billion sports industry …

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More funding cuts in high-performance sports

High-performance sports in the Australian continent and its neighbouring country New Zealand are currently experiencing major fall-backs as high-performance sports are being cut from government funding. Sports Australia is currently facing a new funding model in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games, within this funding model $ 1 million in total will be …

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