Usain Bolt: How Much Does it Cost to Be An Athlete Like Him
If you’re in awe of Usain Bolt‘s impressive speed, you can take comfort in the knowledge that becoming the fastest man in the world doesn’t come cheap.
On average, depending on the sport of choice, raising an Olympian sets parents back between $50,000 to $400,000 over a lifetime. In some instances, families of Olympians have gone bankrupt. That’s why sponsorship can be the difference between living the dream and just dreaming about it.
In Bolt’s case, Puma sponsored him at the age of 16 to take the enormous financial pressure off his family.
According to Forbes Magazine, Usain Bolt’s earnings as of June 2012 are reported to be $20.3 million. Like other top athletes the lion’s share of his earnings come from sponsorship deals. Back in 2010 he inked a three-year contract extension with Puma, which is worth an estimated $24 million. On the other hand, he has earned a mere $300,000 in prize money.
So just what is Bolt’s recipe for success? Apparently, a “healthy” mix of fast food and yams fuels his lightning bolt speed. He eats six meals a day consisting of 60% protein, 30% carbohydrates, and 10% fat. What else does the world’s fastest man do, and how much does it cost, to keep his edge?