The personal and economic costs of getting to RioERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images Olympic gold-medalist Dan O’Brien relied on community donations to become the “world’s greatest athlete.” D MA MB MC MD ME MG ZB ZBR ZD ZG ZQ ZR ZS ZT ZU
The No. 1 épée fencer in the U.S. lives with several roommates in Astoria, Queens, and works at Dick’s Sporting Goods to help pay the rent.
Many of the Olympic athletes who don’t gain world-wide fame and end up on a Wheaties box are paid very little, relying on sponsors and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) — and even Kickstarter campaigns — for financial help.
“When you’re swimming, five, six, seven sometimes eight hours a day it hasRead More »from These U.S. Olympians have extra motivation to go for the gold: They’re broke