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The regular jobs of 2014 Sochi Olympic athletes

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Vanessa Mae attends the Audi Night 2014 on January 24, 2014 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
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Vanessa Mae attends the Audi Night 2014 on January 24, 2014 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)

Red Bull sponsors bobsledder Lolo Jones. Oakley sponsors short-track speed skater J.R. Celski. CoverGirl sponsors figure skater Ashley Wagner.

Those are some of the few elite athletes who receive some form of financial support from corporate sponsors that allows them to focus on their sport.

But outside the sports arena, some of their peers are not as fortunate. Many support themselves working regular jobs, as noted recently, to pay their bills and fund their sport.

Take a look at this list of Sochi 2014 Olympic athletes and their jobs.

1. Armin Zoeggeler is competing in luge for Italy, but he's really a police officer

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Armin Zoeggeler of Italy arrives the finish area after the men luge World Cup race in Altenberg, eastern Germany, …

 

2. Julie Chu will be playing in Team USA's women's hockey, which explains her day job: assistant hockey coach. 

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Oct 2, 2013; Park City, UT, USA; Team USA women's hockey forward Julie Chu poses at a portrait session during the …

 

3. John Landsteiner is an American curler but you probably didn't know he earns his living as a civil engineer.

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FUSSEN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 14: John Landsteiner of USA reacts during the Olympic Qualification Tournament tie-breaker …

 

4. American luger Chris Mazdzer is taking time off his day job at the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, NY, to compete in the Olympics.

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Dec 14, 2013; Park City, UT, USA; Second place finisher Chris Mazdzer of the United States reacts after the FIL …

 

5. Jessica Schultz is a physical therapy assistant competing in curling for Team USA.  

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RIGA, LATVIA - MARCH 23: Jessica Schultz of USA looks on after she throws a stone during the 3rd and 4th Play-Off …

 

6. Erika Brown, a physician assistant, is also part of the U.S. curling team.

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RIGA, LATVIA - MARCH 19: Erika Brown of USA throws the stone in the match between Japan and USA on Day 4 of the …

 

7. Kyle Tress is a co-founder of a software development company, but he's taking time off to compete in skeleton for the U.S. at the Olympics.

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Kyle Tress comes to a stop after competing during the United States men's skeleton team trials on Tuesday, Oct. …

 

8. Thumbs up for curler Jennifer Jones, who is a corporate lawyer and will be representing Canada. 

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WINNIPEG, CANADA - DECEMBER 7: Skip Jennifer Jones gives a thumbs up during the Women's Final against Team Middaugh …

 

9. Captain America? Nick Cunningham, a construction and masonry engineer at the New York National Guard, is bobsledding for Team USA in red, white and blue.

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Nick Cunningham of USA 2 celebrates after completing heat 4 during the men's four man bobsleigh on day 16 of the …

 

10. Mr. Jeff Isaacson, a jr. high school science teacher, is also a Team USA curler.

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Jeff Isaacson of the United States looks on during the women's curling round robin game on day 5 of the Vancouver …

 

11. No, American bobsledder Steve Holcomb is not Superman. On the side, he's a computer technician.

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Steve Holcomb displays his Superman shirt as he poses for a photograph in front of his sled after the United States …

 

12. Tomoko Sakagami worked as a pizza deliver driver to finance her Olympic dreams. She is playing in Japan's women hockey team at the Sochi Games.

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Tomoko Sakagami of Japan in action during the match between Japan and Slovakia during day two of the Ice Hockey …

 

13. Broken faucet? No problem. Matt Mortensen is a handyman. Oh and he's also competing in luge for Team USA.

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Matt Mortensen of the USA during practice for the 38th Luge World Championships on February 17, 2005 at the Utah …


 

14. Debbie McCormick has a passion for curling. She's an equipment distributor for Goldline Mobile Pro Shop, and she's competing in curling for Team USA.

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Skip Debbie McCormick plays the stone during the Women's 2006 United States Olympic Team Trials on February 23, …

15. Brad Jacobs is an accounts manager for Royal Bank of Canada, and a curler competing for Canada.

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WINNIPEG, CANADA - DECEMBER 8: Skip Brad Jacobs talks with Third Ryan Fry during the fifth end of the Men's Final …

 

16. American curler John Shuster is a bartender and restaurant manager.

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Curler John Shuster poses for a portrait during the NBC/USOC Promotional Photo Shoot on May 12, 2009 at Smashbox …

 

17. American bobsledder Elana Meyers is a substitute teacher during the off season.

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Bobsledder Elana Meyers poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot on April 27, 2013 in West Hollywood, …

 

18. Vanessa-Mae, who will be competing in Alpine skiing for Thailand, is also a professional violinist. No big deal, right?

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Recording artist Vanessa-Mae performs during the opening night gala for Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas at CityCenter …

 

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