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Juggling a family and an elite career in individual sports

Juggling a family and an elite career in individual sports

By Niovie Constantinou, Contributor In the 2016 Olympics, swimmer Michael Phelps won his 23rd Olympic gold and 28th medal overall in the 4×100m, and at the same time, he broke the world record of the most gold medals won in a single Olympic Games event, which had stood since 1972. Also in 2016, a few months before the Olympics, Phelps’ son was born.  So, can an elite athlete manage to have both a successful career and a family? Being an…

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Athletes’ Financial Sustainability in individual sports

Athletes’ Financial Sustainability in individual sports

By Andreas T. Themistocleous, Contributor When discussing athletes’ salaries and overall personal revenues, it’s normal to think of professional sports in the USA where male athletes make millions in salaries and more millions in endorsements. The Jordans, the Lebrons, the Bradys of this world, do in fact make money that can financially secure their entire life plus their families’ lives. The Messis and Ronaldos of this world have annual commercial deals in place that far exceed their annual salaries. However,…

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