How much have you earned at your job the last seven months? Chances are it's more than American athlete Lolo Jones did.
As you may know, the track star has turned to bobsleigh and it turns out that pushing a sled down a hill doesn't pay as much as, well, anything. Not flipping burgers. Not digging ditches. Not folding T-shirts at Gap. Not even collecting unemployment benefit.
Seven months of bobsleigh has earned Ms Jones a grand total of $741.84 (£474.69). That's $105.97, or just under 68 quid, a month.
She revealed her earnings on Vine along with a caption that read "I'm going to be short on my rent this month..." but it turns out that Lolo's admission isn't sitting well with some of her peers in the sport:
"It wasn’t taken very well," American bobsledder Steven Holcomb told USA Today. "People were really kind of insulted. You just made $741, more than most athletes in the sport. So what are you complaining about?"
Lolo responded with the following statement:
"I don't want to offend anyone, and I’ve always wanted to help out my bobsled team-mates. Some of them have debt because they've given their life to the sport. My partner Jazmine and I had to raise money for the bobsled to be funded just to finish the season, because only two of the three sleds are funded by the team.
"I can't imagine halfway through my track season having to stop and raise money to finish. The vine of the paycheck is just showing the difference between track and bobsled, and to be honest bobsledders work more hours than track!
"The bottom line is that all Olympic athletes dedicate their lives to their sports and do not receive lucrative paychecks like athletes in mainstream professional sports. So hopefully this will make people appreciate just how hard Olympians work, often just for the love of the sport."
Jay Hart, Yahoo! Sports
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