Earnings Of Olympic Athletes : A Case Study Of M / F Track Sprinters & Distance Runners

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Earnings of Olympic athletes: a case study of m/f Track sprinters & Distance runners (1500 and / or Marathon)

Introduction:

Olympic athletes seek above all to be successful in their sporting field, hoping to achieve the Olympic dream of achieving a place on dais for their country. In order to be successful however Olympians are required to complete intensive training and cooperate with like-minded health professionals whom help them achieve their goal. But how does a single athlete competing on the world stage comfortably afford the now regular necessities required to perform at their peak without being at a disadvantage due to monetary constraints? An Olympic athlete whom competes in the 100 metre sprint and receives a gold medal is open to a highly sought after monetary reward. A name that is hard to pass by is the man who goes by Usain Bolt. In 2012 Usain Bolt was labeled as the 72nd richest athlete in the world having a total of $20.3M . For a man with such a confident persona something that would seemingly be desired by multiple sponsors and the like, a sporting figure that turns heads wherever he goes, to be so far down the list is none the less, surprising.
But what of the contribution of lesser well known athletes, athletes whom without, the Olympic Games would not be possible. It is these athletes that this paper seeks to stand for and give reason to as to how these athletes contribute to their Olympic dreams and society equally and do so whilst receiving a…

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