And Wall Street's Best Athlete Is ...
The men and women of Wall Street aren't just richer than you are -- some of them are also capable of running circles around you, bench-pressing you, or destroying you in a pick-up football game.
The second annual RBC Decathlon took place Sunday, a chance for the traders and executives of Wall Street to test their speed, strength and endurance against one another. The men's winner was Mark Rubin, an assistant vice president of options sales trading at Barclays Capital. As Bloomberg points out, he's also a legitimate athlete: He played safety on Penn State's football team and spent a brief time in the NFL before taking his talents to Wall Street. It's his second straight year winning the title, and at 27 years old, we'd say he's got plenty of good years left in him.
The women's winner was Evelyn Konrad of Standard & Poor's.
Sponsored LinksThe competition isn't just another excuse for rich kids to one-up each other: It also sends a significant amount to charity, with competitors collecting sponsorships from their employers. This year's event raised $1.3 million for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center.
Nor is the Decathlon for the faint of heart. Competitors run a gauntlet of physical challenges, including a bench press, an 800-meter run, a 500-meter row and a football-throwing competition.
Of course, not everyone on Wall Street is a strapping 20-something a few years removed from a Division I football career. There's also a competition between Wall Street executives, and this year Clinton Biondo of Fir Tree Partners won the "Top Executive" trophy.
Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.