How Exactly Do You Fund an Olympic Dream?
Thursday, February 20, 2014
A Bobsledder’s Out-of-Pocket Expense Report
So you want to be an Olympic bobsledder? Here’s what one US athlete shells out for Olympian expenses.
$6,000: one set of blade runners (Jamie Greubel has 4 for different ice conditions)
+ $90: gym fee per use during pre-season
+ $275/hour: ice house rental during training
+ $300: flights during training
+ $300: gear/supplies
+ $350: ice spikes (aka snow cleats)
+ $500: training gear
+ $1,000: rental car (+ $200 for gas)
+ $1,000: vitamin/dietary supplements
+ $1,050: visits to a chiropractor/massage therapist
+ $1,900: lodging during pre-season
- $1,000/month stipend from Team U.S.A.
- $3000 through crowdfunding (out of $17,000 goal)
= TOTAL: approximately $15,000 - $20,000 per year.
(Adapted from Ross Kenneth Urken's reporting)