An eye-opening survey finds that the majority of elite and Olympic athletes struggle to make ends meet. Fifty-eight percent of the 491 respondents from across the globe said they did not consider themselves financially stable. The survey painted a realistic picture of the sacrifices many athletes make to get to the top in Olympic sports. Scores of athletes said the funding they receive from sports organizations in their countries is hardly enough to make ends meet. Majorities said multibillion-dollar organizations like the International Olympic Committee should pay them to compete at their events. They seek changes in rules that restrict their ability to market themselves during the Olympics.

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