Friday, August 13, 2004

The 2004 Summer Olympics

Well, my wife & I are about ready to settle in & watch the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics, which has me thinking...

To be in the Olympics, you must train, train, train, in order to be at the level where you can compete. I'm sure this takes up a lot of time & you hear constantly about people who do nothing but train. My question is this: HOW DO THEY MAKE MONEY??

Sure, your biggest stars are going to have endorsement deals & such, commercials, etc... where they make money, but what about the little guys? The supporting cast...the backups...the middle guys on the relay teams...the lesser known gymnasts. I think you get my point.

I have barely enough time to fold laundry, let alone train for a grueling physical sporting event on which my very country's pride could rest. I could see being someone on the Olympic basketball team who gets paid professional money anyway & would probably be out on a yacht somewhere if it wouldn't be for the Olympics giving them something to do. But your normal, everyday athlete trying to just medal, nevermind trying for a gold, has to struggle with paying the bills. Unless they're a bunch of rich kids who live off of "Mummy & Daddy", but I doubt that's true. Anyone know the answer to this? Enlighten me...

5 comments:

Gretchen said...

Hey, E pointed me to your site!

I'll tell you how they make money. They all work at Home Depot! Have you seen the commercials? It's incredible!

"The Enforcer" Shaun Stambaugh said...

Hey G :)

Thanks for your insight on that...I just wonder why Lowe's doesn't have more Olympians.

Wouldn't it be funny to purchase a can of paint from Marion Jones or to ask Michael Phelps if he prefers an electric start or pull start lawn mower?

Gretchen said...

Michael Phelps would need to beware of the women who would like him to come to their homes to install flooring/appliances/etc. I hear he's considered a sex symbol these days.

"The Enforcer" Shaun Stambaugh said...

Yeah, I'm sure it would be an "appliance" they'd want...*ahem*. More like plumbing for laying pipe...wow, did this ever take a turn for the worst.

Gretchen said...

Moving on . . . :)