When most people think of Olympic athletes, they think of young men and women scraping by on nothing more than hard work and determination. And for the most part, that’s true. Chasing an Olympic dream is not usually a means to financial security. For the vast majority of athletes, it’s a labor of love that will cost far more in time and money than it will ever generate.
However, for a select few, the Olympics offer a chance to cash in. High profile medal winners are sometimes able to land lucrative endorsement deals. And while professional athletes who compete in the games won’t be directly compensated, they too will be able to pad their resumes and land more endorsements, resulting in even more money to throw on the pile. With that in mind, here’s a look at the nine highest paid athletes at this years Olympic games.