Want Team USA to win gold? Buy 'em a pair of shoes

April 23, 2015 2:46 AM

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Want Team USA to win gold? Buy 'em a pair of shoes

Here's a little-known fact about American Olympians: When they're not winning gold medals, they're often struggling to stay out of the poor house.

Unlike athletes in many other countries, American Olympians receive no direct support from the federal government, forcing them to cobble together an income made up of prize money, apparel contracts, grants and part-time work.

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