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Without the 2020 Games, Olympian Gwen Berry is considering unemployment


She is thinking about filing for unemployment, or seeing if she can get a day job, like the one she once held at Dick’s Sporting Goods, to help stem the financial tide left behind by the coronavirus.
But unlike Americans, Berry is weighing these options as an Olympic athlete.
“When people think of Olympians, they think of people who have a lot of money, like professional basketball players, or professional baseball players, and it’s definitely not the case,” Berry told CNN Sport.

“The Olympics are considered amateur. We do not get paid for training or participating. The Olympic Games makes billions of dollars, and the athletes literally get paid nothing. I don’t think a lot of people understand that, because they don’t know Olympians.

“They think we have this celebrity status but it’s not true. Only 1%, and maybe not even that, generate a decent income. The rest of us don’t.”

Berry competes in the Women's Hammer qualification during day one of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha.

‘Extremely devastating’

The decision to postpone the Olympics to the summer of 2021 is the worst case scenario for Berry.

A 2016 Olympian in hammer throw, Berry lost some of her sponsorships last year, after raising her fist in protest on the podium of the Pan American games.

She received a 12-month probation from the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee for the act, which she says was meant to highlight social injustice in America.

The IOC’s decision to postpone the Olympics by a year, means the rest of her sponsorship dollars…



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