Sport: Jobs for Jocks

Amateurs hurdle money woes

When Carol Brown went job hunting, even her two college degrees were no help. A 1976 Olympic bronze medalist in rowing, she wanted to compete in the 1980 Moscow games, but her conditioning regimen was so demanding—up to seven hours a day—that no prospective employer could accommodate his hours to hers. The result: Princeton Grad Brown was forced to work part time, as a truck driver.

For many postcollege world-class athletes in the U.S., finding the right kind of employment is itself an Olympian feat. Barred by the rules of amateurism from playing for pay, they have had to...

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