The cost of becoming an Olympic fencer

A 38-years old American fencer Maya Lawrence took up the sport as a high school sophomore in Teaneck, New Jersey, continuing through her years at Princeton University and beyond. A member of Princeton’s fencing team, she was selected as an All-American and earned Ivy League honours during all four years of her attendance there. But …

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Top 10 richest Olympic athletes in history

Some Olympic athletes manage to become famous and wealthy due to their success in the games, but those are not the ones we are going to talk about here. World’s richest Olympic athletes are not the ones standing atop the Olympic podium with all those medals. The list is dominated by those who became insanely …

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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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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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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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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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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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