Seven Olympians With Surprising Day Jobs
Seven Olympians With Surprising Day Jobs, Glory doesn’t pay the rent, so many athletes will return home to regular careers. 7 Olympic Athletes’ Day Jobs, Tossing a javelin around won’t pay the rent-at least not for most Olympians. To keep themselves in talcum powder and Ben Gay, and to earn an honest living, the athletes competing in this year’s games have had to take a wide variety of jobs, ranging from the grubby (garbage collector, janitor) to the staid (accountant) to the exotic (motion designer, monk). Some Olympians say the persistence and discipline learned in the pool or on the playing field have served them well in the workplace: U.S. water polo player Peter Hudnut had to survive 28 interviews in order to land a finance job at Goldman Sachs, says Bloomberg News. After the games wrap up on Aug. 12, he will join Goldman’s private wealth management division. Hudnut tells Bloomberg, “All the things I’ve learned in water polo are very applicable in finance” (especially when your customer is underwater).To learn more about Hudnut’s day job and those of 6 other Olympians, read on.
Hudnut, 32, thanks a series of sports injuries for having put him on the sidelines long enough to serve internships at Bank of New York, CIM Group and elsewhere in the corporate world. These-plus the discipline and determination he’s learned as an athlete-have helped him land a finance job at Goldman Sachs, which he’ll start after the Olympics end Aug. 12, he tells Bloomberg News.
To escape Norway’s brutal winters, this native of Ethiopia trained underground, in sewage tunnels. Yahoo Sports says that to earn a living he now cleans offices and school rooms, training on his shift breaks. A facilities management company has offered him paid leave, so he can devote more time to training.
Runners can land valuable endorsement deals. Discus throwers, not so much. Most need to toil outside of sports to earn their keep. Brooks, 28, has been a jack of all trades, working jobs in construction, retail and hospitality (he’s been a bartender and a bouncer). It was while bartending that he met his coach-to-be, according to Yahoo Sports. He tells ESPN that his post-London ambition is to find a career: “Throwing has been great for me. But when it comes down to it, I want to find something I can retire on.”