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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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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Can’t pay? Can’t play.

Kathleen Castles, now a 46-years-old doctor of psychology and running coach at two Veterans Affairs hospitals in New Jersey, loved sports as a child and was a very talented athlete. She managed to beat all the other elementary-school girls in the town’s annual mile race from third to sixth grade, competed at the regional cross-country …

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Poverty was and still is his greatest motivation

Today he is one of the best Belgian football players, being among five players who ever scored 50 goals in the Premier League before the age of 23, and holding a record for the most goals scored for the Belgian National Team. Everton sold him to Manchester United last year for £75 million, making him …

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