12 day jobs of the Winter Olympics athletes

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For their years of training and athletic prowess, U.S. Olympians get glory, honor … and no salary.

True, some high-profile competitors are sponsored by companies or get paid for product endorsements. But many others only reap financial rewards if they win medals, since just gold, silver and bronze earners receive cash awards from the United States Olympic Committee.

That means many Olympic athletes need day jobs. Read on to see how some of the U.S. athletes competing in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games earn a living.

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Restaurant Worker

Name: Bryan Fletcher
Sport: Nordic Combined

Fletcher, a 31-year-old whose sport combines cross-country skiing and ski jumping, works part time in restaurants in Park City, Utah. Having survived Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, he co-founded a charity that helps young cancer survivors.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, restaurant workers have median salaries of $19,990 per year. The job usually doesn't require formal education. 

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Auto Mechanic

Name: Chris Knierim
Sport: Pairs Figure Skating

Knierim, a 30-year-old pairs figure skater, studied diesel mechanics at Pikes Peak Community College. He works as an auto mechanic and hopes to one day open his own auto shop.

Mechanics have median annual salaries of $38,470. The career requires training after high school, such as an associate degree program.

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Musician

Name: Lowell Bailey
Sport: Biathlon

When not competing in biathlon, a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, Bailey, 36, is a singer-songwriter and was a member of bluegrass bands in Lake Placid, New York.

Median pay for musicians is $25.14 an hour. Musicians typically don't need formal education, but some have advanced degrees. 

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Nurse

Name: Nina Roth
Sport: Curling

Roth, 29, works as a nurse in Madison, Wisconsin, when she’s not competing in curling.

Registered nurses have median annual salaries of $68,450. They have either associate, bachelor's or master's degrees in the field.

This career is one of the U.S. News Best Jobs of 2018. 

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Pharmacist

Name: Tabitha Peterson
Sport: Curling

Peterson works as a pharmacist in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. The curler is 28 years old.

Pharmacists have a median salary of $122,230 a year. They need doctor of pharmacy degrees and licenses.

This career is one of the highest paying in the U.S. News Best Jobs of 2018 ranking. 

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Soldier

Name: Emily Sweeney
Sport: Luge

Sweeney, 24, is a member of the National Guard, and she competes in luge.

Name: Nick Cunningham
Sport: Bobsled

Cunningham, 32, is a sergeant in the New York National Guard. He is also a member of the Army's World Class Athlete Program, which provides support and training for military members who compete in sports at high levels.

Name: Chris Fogt
Sport: Bobsled

Fogt, age 34, is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army military intelligence branch. The bobsledder served in Iraq.

Name: Nathan Weber
Sport: Bobsled

Weber is a Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army and an active duty Green Beret.

Name: Justin Olsen
Sport: Bobsled

Olsen, age 30, is a sergeant in the New York National Guard and a member of the Army's World Class Athlete Program.

Pay for military service members varies by rank and years of service. The career requires a high school diploma, a medical exam and certain levels of physical fitness. Officers usually need at least a bachelor's degree. 

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Sales Manager

Name: Lauren Gibbs
Sport: Bobsled

Gibbs had a corporate career as a sales manager when she tried out for the Olympic bobsled team just a few years ago, having never participated in the sport before. The 33-year-old now trains full time.

Sales managers make median salaries of $117,960 each year. They typically have at least bachelor's degrees.

This career is one of the highest paying in the U.S. News Best Jobs of 2018 ranking. 

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Marketer

Name: Steve Langton
Sport: Bobsled

Age 34, Langton works in the marketing department for Kohler's manufacturing company when he’s not racing down a bobsled track.

Marketing managers make median annual salaries of $131,180. The job requires a bachelor's degree.

This career is one of the U.S. News Best Jobs of 2018. 

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Firefighter

Name: Justin Krewson
Sport: Luge

Krewson is a member of the (volunteer) Lake Placid Fire Department. Age 21, he’s also studying electric welding.

Firefighters who are not volunteers have median annual salaries of $48,030. The job requires a high school diploma and certification in emergency medical services. 

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Real Estate Agent

Name: Jessica Kooreman
Sport: Short Track Speedskating

Age 34, Kooreman has a real estate license and works in the industry when she’s not training for speedskating.

Real estate agents have median annual salaries of $44,090. They must complete classes and earn a license. 

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Plumber

Name: Jonathan Cheever
Sport: Snowboarding

Cheever, 32, is a licensed plumber who works in the trade during the summers.

Plumbers have median annual salaries of $51,450. The career requires a high school diploma and often the completion of an apprenticeship, plus a license. 

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Retail Worker

Name: Ryan Cochran-Siegle
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Age 25, Cochran-Siegle works at his family’s maple syrup shop.

Retail workers have median annual salaries of $22,900. The career typically doesn't have specific education requirements. 

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