Gold medal gigs: The first jobs of U.S. Olympians
By Chris Taylor
NEW YORK (Reuters) - There are some pretty exclusive clubs in the world, but perhaps none more so than Olympic gold medalists.
Only the world's best athletes reach that pinnacle, and only once every four years. But contrary to what you might expect, they do not spend their entire lives running, jumping or swimming.
Just like the rest of us, they also work at regular gigs. For the latest in Reuters' First Jobs series, we talked to a few elite American athletes about their humble jobs, before - or sometimes after - they reached the top of the medal podium.
Two golds in balance beam and team gymnastics, 1996
First job: Commercial actress
"My first job was a commercial with a gymnastics sponsor. I was only 13 years old, so it was a huge decision for me and my parents. As a gymnast, I could not accept payment without giving up an opportunity for an NCAA scholarship. Continued...