A look at the day jobs of Olympians on the Olympic Channel
The Olympic Channel’s new series, Day Jobs, follows the daily lives of Olympians who have to balance education or work with their sporting achievements and dreams. The first episode focuses on Christopher Fogt, a bobsleigh medallist at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.
For many Summer and Winter Olympians, sports careers and dreams of Olympic podium finishes, fulfilled or otherwise, are not everything. On the one hand, there are cases of so-called "double projects", whereby athletes train for and take part in international competitions while preparing for their future. On the other, there are athletes who work actual jobs to provide for their own needs and those of their family, or to fund their sports careers. Day Jobs, which you can watch on the Olympic Channel, tells the stories of athletes who double up as students, dentists, firemen, teachers, engineers, soldiers, sheep farmers, and more.
The opening episode of the series focuses on Christopher Fogt, a bronze medallist in the "Night Train" – alongside the late Steven Holcomb – in the four-man bobsleigh event at the Sochi Games in 2014. "I'm not particularly talented or smart, but one thing I think I've learned since I was a kid is that if you put the time in and you're consistent, then you'll be successful," he said.
One of the featured athletes with their sights set on PyeongChang 2018 is Japan's Ami Nakamura, who competed at Sochi 2014 and who spends two hours each day commuting to her job in retail before heading to the rink for ice hockey practice. Another is Thomas Muirhead – the younger brother of Eve, the brilliant skip of the Scotland and Great Britain curling teams – who qualified for the Games as part of the "rink" led by Kyle Smith, which also features a third Muirhead sibling, Glen, who combines his sports career with work on the family sheep farm. There is also American teenager Polina Edmunds, whose hectic schedule sees her balance figure skating training with a university education.
"Day Jobs highlights the incredible efforts and sacrifices that athletes, who may not be the most well-known in the world, are willing to make to achieve their dreams," said Mark Parkman, General Manager of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s global Olympic Channel. "Viewers are sure to be inspired by the incredible dedication, commitment and passion that Olympians have, and how they apply these values to their daily lives."