Most athletes participating in the Olympics need to have a full time job to pay the bills. Unfortunately sponsorship dollars for triathletes, sailors, divers and basically everyone other than Lebron James, Michael Phelps and Gabby Douglas aren’t very high. Hopwever it’s no sweat off the follow 16 athlete’s backs. The following athletes deserve recognition for being able to train at a grueling world class level while holding a day job.
American triathlete + Accountant at Ernst & Young in Milwaukee, WI
American sailor + Tina’s Italian Ices in Patchogue, N.Y
American diver + Life advisor at the University of Texas
American fencer + DJ in Brooklyn, NY
American shooter + Elementary school P.E. teacher in Tampa, FL.
American jumper + Actor in Los Angeles, CA
American wrestler + Teacher and coach in Clearwater, FL
American wrestler + Motions designer in Colorado Springs, CO
American rower + Elementary substitute teacher in San Diego, CA
American rower + Fitness model and writer in Princeton, NJ
Joseph Diaz Jr.
American boxer + Server and a student at Fresno State University
American rower + Mental health researcher at the VA Medical Center in Bedford, MA
American hurdler + Actor and model in Los Angeles, CA
American modern pentathlon + Specialist in the U.S. Army
American cyclist + Motivational speaker in Irvine, CA
American discus thrower + Construction worker in Decatur, IN