08-16-2004, 04:37 PM
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Join Date: Dec 1999
I'm friends of the family of "kaitlin" who has so far, won a silver and bronze in swimming. If the athlete is really good, like Kaitlin, they have a full scholarship during college. After that, it can be tough.
However, several months ago, she landed a contract with Nike. Nike now pays 100% of her living expenses and acts as her manager so she doesn't have to think about anything but training. A Nike employee has been assigned to her as her personal assistant. This person contacts her every single day to take care of anything she needs. All shopping and personal expenses and all travel arrangements/expenses, everything, are coordinated and taken care of every day. They recently sent her and her family on a $10,000 shopping spree to a local mall. They also do things like send box after box of Nike shoes & clothes in sizes for her and her family. They also paid for and arranged all travel for her parents to go to Athens.
The bottom line is, if you're among the world's elite, you'll be taken care of by one or more companies and finances won't be a concern. Depending on how an athlete performs at the Olympics, future endorsements can range from minor to setting a person up for life. And also, the speaking fees for a medal winner, especially a gold medal winner can be substantial for several years.
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