Most Winter Olympians juggle regular jobs around their training schedules, and pay their own way to competitions. Many squeeze training in during their lunch hours. And injuries make things even worse.
Many of the athletes can't compete with the medal favorites who train full time. Still, most part-time Olympians say it is worth the struggle just to have the chance to participate with the best in the world.
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For every glamorous Olympian you see on a cereal box or athletic shoe ad, countless others toil in obscurity and struggle to pay the bills.