What is like to be on the fringe of the PGA Tour

Ben Martin (31), a professional American golfer who plays on the PGA Tour, turned professional in 2010. He finished runner-up at Q-school for the PGA Tour in October, just six months after turning pro, which is a dream many young golfers fail to achieve. Ben was a golf prodigy by any standard. Yet the road …

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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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Dear sport, you cost too much

A worried mom of three was shocked at finding out how much youth sports cost. With her husband they are pretty solid middle-class Americans, so they are able to provide extracurricular activities for their kids. But they have to say no to a lot of requests, so she can’t understand how families who are further …

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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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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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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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