You may think that the fame and glory are enough to pay an Olympian’s way through life, but the truth is, the vast majority of athletes hold regular 9-5 jobs and train on the side. Even famous athletes have to budget and manage their money like everyone else. Training is not cheap for any Olympian, and the athletes are willing to do whatever necessary to pay for their training.
Of course, a few elite Olympians will gain endorsements deals, more than enough to make a living. But most athletes aren’t that lucky and must find funding elsewhere. Olympic skier Keri Herman uses hand-me-down equipment from her teammates and rides in broken ski boots, and works in a sporting goods store and a fondue restaurant to pay the bills. She is not alone — many Olympians do some jobs that may surprise you. Interesting credit counseling fact, right? Check out this list of international Olympians who do a range of blue collar and white collar jobs as their livelihood.
Vanessa Mae, alpine skiing – Professional violinist, Thailand
Elana Meyers, bobsled – Substitute teacher, USA
John Shuster, curling – Restaurant manager, USA
Matt Mortensen, luge – Handyman, USA
Tomoko Sakagami, women’s hockey – Pizza delivery, Japan
Steve Holcomb, bobsled – Computer tech, USA
Jeff Isaacson, curling – Junior high science teacher, USA
Jennifer Jones, curling – Corporate lawyer, Canada
Kyle Tress, skeleton – Software developer, USA
Erika Brown, curling – Physician’s assistant, USA
Jessica Schultz, curling – Physical therapy assistant, USA
Armin Zoggeler, luge – Police officer, Italy
This information was pulled from a Business Insider article (“What 19 Olympic Athletes Do For A Living.” Tony Manfred, January 23, 2014).
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