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2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials - Day 7

After 12 hour construction shifts, 28-year-old Team USA discus-thrower Lance Brooks puts in two hours at his local gym. Unlike the money available to runners, discus throwers often need to take full-time jobs to make ends meet. At one point, Brooks had seven jobs, including construction worker, bouncer, bartender, substitute teacher, and Wal-Mart employee. While bartending one day, he met his coach Steve DeAutremont, who saw potential in the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Brooks. He began taking the sport more seriously and qualified at the Track & Field Trials on his final throw by six inches. Maybe those long construction shifts gave him that extra bit of muscle. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Odd day jobs of Olympians

August 8, 2012

The path to gold isn’t always a path to riches. Many Olympians train alongside their day jobs--picking up trash, fighting fires, or laying concrete. Without sponsor support, financial backing, or paid leave, athletes have to fund their own training and Olympic dreams. The days of the amateur-only Olympic Games may be long gone, but the “everyman” spirit lives on. -By Andrew Dubbins, Yahoo! Sports