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Go for gold, wind up broke: why Olympic athletes worry about money

While some Olympians may land lucrative sponsorship deals, many competitors struggle with the financial strains of coaching, travel, equipment and more

More than 11,000 athletes marched into Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã stadium on Friday night, officially kicking off the 2016 Olympic Games. Only a handful of them, however, will return home to their countries with medals.

Even fewer will find monetary rewards for the tremendous investment many have had to make to reach the Rio games.

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