The Olympic Games are the pinnacle for the careers of many world-class athletes. These competitors compete on a global stage where viewers from around the world judge their every action. There may not be a more intense competitive stage. Successful Olympians over the years have seen a major shift in their post-Olympic careers. In the 20th-century major endorsement deals were not a reality for most Olympic athletes but today you can earn millions by bringing home the gold in popular sports.
Ray Ewry Recovered From Polio And Became An Olympic Legend
Long before Michael Phelps owned the pool, there was this track and field powerhouse. Ewry’s prime was before the time of multimillion-dollar sports sponsorship deals. The American would recover from polio as a child to become one of the most successful Olympians ever.
From 1900 to 1908, he competed in three Olympic Games, while clinching 10 gold medals in standing long jump, standing high jump, and standing triple jump. Later on, he worked as an engineer, designing boilers for US naval vessels during WWI.