State of the Project – March 2019 Edition

While our community managers (Andreja on social and Sean on Telegram) are quick to answer any questions you might have regarding SportyCo, we’ve collected all the info spread on all channels in one place. The revised SportyCo platform is live and kicking! We have implemented wallets on the platform, enabling you to send and receive …

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Financial struggles of India’s first judo Olympic medallist

Thangjam Tababi Devi became India’s first judo medallist at the Olympic level, claiming a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Argentina. But the delight for her parents was accompanied by a sense of worry. Her father Thangjam Thoiba Singh works as a daily wage labourer and her mother Thangjam Ongbi Kamala Devi …

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Olympic athletes on their own to fund their costs  

Mike Trapp has been a competitive snowboarder for most of his life. He has made his way up the rank after years of hard work, became U.S. snowboarding champion in 2011 and 2012, and completed his 7th season competing on the World Cup team. Mike also made the team USA for the 2018 Winter Olympics …

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Rachel and Michael ice dancing career at high family expenses

For most families, raising an Olympic athlete is a big investment with no guarantee of a monetary return. The financial strain of all those years of training can hit hard, and for the vast majority of athletes, the reward for competing in the Olympics is largely symbolic, since they are not winning medals and signing …

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How much can you earn being a pro hockey player?

Ice hockey is one of the most popular winter sports, and despite being one of the most expensive one for kids to train, it pays off being good at it. Professional hockey comprises several levels of play, with teams in the top leagues worldwide, such as North America’s National Hockey League (NHL), paying their players …

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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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