Rest of the cash
There is a lot more involved in competing at an Olympic level outside of the 2 weeks your there.
He would have been preparing for the event years in advance and probably moving towards a full time training programme in the 12 months prior to the event.
The sort of dedication required to compete (never mind medal) at that level would have probably meant quitting his day job.
So the cost was probably calculated over a 1-4 year period.
This could include:
Travel (for Tournaments)
Accommodation (for Tournaments)
Specialist diet (athletes diets are expensive)
Specialist advice (dietician, sports psychologist, bio mechanics)
The list could go on.
Don’t get me started on the UK’s approach to sports funding.... to late
The top 5 sports for LOTTERY funding (not in any order):
Cycling (road not mountain bike)
It’s a disgrace and not representative of modern Britain.
1. How many people know someone who has ever competed in a rowing/sailing/cycling event?
2. The majority of people who subscribe to the lottery are working class. Rowing, sailing and cycling are sports reserved for the middle and upper classes due to cost of participation.
Good on the guy, wish i could find a solution to fund my sporting career