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U.S. Olympic hopefuls turn to crowd-funding to pay way to Sochi
U.S. Olympic hopefuls turn to crowd-funding to pay way to Sochi

Her shoes are made special, with scores of tiny spikes to grip the ice, and they never seem to last long enough. The steel runners for her sled cost more than $6,000 and the airlines charge $100 each way to carry her equipment to international races. When American bobsled pilot Jazmine Fenlator sat down and calculated her expenses leading up to the 2014 Sochi Olympics — eight months of training and competition — the numbers added up quickly. "I'm in debt," she said. "People don't realize." Unlike athletes in most other countries, U.S. Olympians receive no direct government funding. Some — the Shaun Whites and Lindsey Vonns — can...

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