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The glorious road to London 2012 is paved with financial challenges. A guy like Michael Phelps doesn’t have any problem finding sponsors to cover his expenses. But most of the 10,500 unknown competitors from all over the world might need more than muscles to get there.
Fundraising events, exhibits, on-line donations, everything is useful. American middle-distance track athlete Nick Symmonds went on a date with Paris Hilton, but he didn’t dare ask her for money. Instead, he conducted an auction on eBay for a temporary tattoo on his shoulder. Marketing firm “Hanson Dodge Creative” bid $11,100.
New Zealand taekwondo practitioner Logan Campbell chose to think outside of the box: he opened a brothel. After taking part in Beijing 2008, he decided he didn’t want to be a burden to his parents anymore. So, he had a group of ladies renting their bodies for him. A true gentleman, right? After a while he was forced to close his business for good but since he became such a celebrity, sponsors started to knock on his door.
Even though prostitution is legal in New Zealand, the local Olympic committee may decide not to count on Campbell this time: they don’t want a pimp representing their country.
With the Olympic Games kicking off on July 27, we still don’t understand why athletes go that crazy for cash, when there is so much gold, silver and bronze there for their taking?