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I'm Asking: Would You Train and Play For Pay?

I'm Asking: Would You Train and Play For Pay?

The 2010 Olympic games are underway in Vancouver! Whether it's the Summer or Winter games, I'm always excited to see top athletes turn up to compete, and I'm always in awe of their performances — their drive and ability to go head-to-head with the best of the best.

Sometimes, it's hard to wrap my head around the fact that these athletes are in competition for a living. For the Olympians who have made names for themselves and the sports they represent, there are millions to be made doing what they love. Top earners, Sean White and Lindsey Vonn who, with endorsements from sponsors make $8 million and $3 million a year, respectively, are just a couple of the big names in the business. But, despite financial perks and Olympic status, it's not just about fun and fame. Let's not forget the countless hours devoted to training and traveling, not to mention the strain put on the body, day after day. It takes absolute dedication to your sport to stay in Olympic shape. But, if you can make the sacrifices it requires, you could become a serious competitor and score some major winnings pursuing your passion. So, what do you think — if you had the talent, would you use it to make a living as an Olympic competitor?

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foxymardy foxymardy 5 years
I was an athlete before, I fenced for the state I live in, but right now I don't have time for all that anymore coz I need a bigger paycheck. Soo if I could get paid handsomely to workout and compete, I would drop everything and become an athlete again, especially an Olympian, which is every athlete's dream!
trainerjon trainerjon 5 years
I tried in gymnastics, but the furthest I got was a college scholarship. Training that hard is a special thing that I would do if I had the talent whether I got paid or not...
Spectra Spectra 5 years
Absolutely! I love working out and if I could get PAID to do it, I'd definitely do it.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 5 years
I say "sign me up" I would love to have the raw talent that these people have.
Fitness Fitness 5 years
I would say yes! But I think it is rare, especially in the Winter sports, to get huge endorsements. I hear last night that one of the US pair skaters has had difficulty making his mortgage payments.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
Abso-frickin-lutely.
runningesq runningesq 5 years
Seriously ? absolutely. Hell I train for FREE right now !
skigurl skigurl 5 years
so hard to say...i think it would depend on the circumstance i was a ski racer (obviously not good enough to go to the olympics) but i had other interests like going to university and stopped racing at that time in my life, and while i definitely, in my position at the time, wanted to pursue a more intellectual career, it's hard to say what i would have done if i was actually at a level that could bring me to the olympics...it would really depend on how much i loved it, i guess
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