The true costs of becoming an Olympian

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Ever thought to yourself you could make it as an Olympian?

Well you've missed the chance to represent your country at Rio 2016, but research has shown you could possibly make a name for yourself in time for Tokyo 2020.

This is if you have plenty of free time to train, and also a fair bit of money kept aside to fund your training and your progress.


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A study has been completed by, and they have worked out how long it would take to train in an Olympic event, and how much it would set you back.

So if you are a couch potato and just a spectator for this Olympics, why not train yourself up and spend those pennies and you could become an Olympian just in time for 2020.

In able to complete the study, researched how much it would cost to hire Olympic level coaches, and also how much time would be spent in the gym converting yourself from an average level, to an Olympic level.

In their research, they found out that aspiring Olympians train for around five-and-a-half hours a day, six days a week, but they also found out that some disciplines are quicker to master than others. looked into seven Olympic events; Archery, boxing, triathlon, badminton, judo, weightlifting, and equestrian.

From their studies, they found out that it would be quickest to master triathlon. They say it will take 5,200 hours to reach an Olympian level in the discipline, 520 hours less than the second quickest, weightlifting.

Unsurprisingly perhaps, boxing is what would take the longest to reach Olympian level, taking up to 7,488 hours of your time.

The likes of judo, equestrian, badminton, and archery will all take over 6,000 hours to reach Olympian level, but what's the most expensive?

Their studies show, equestrian will set you back the most if you wanted to reach Olympian level, with a cost of around £468,000 over the four years from now until the 2020 Olympics.

Despite it being the quickest to master, triathlon is then the second most expensive, costing you a tidy £322,400. This is closely followed by boxing, which will take the longest to master and cost you £299,520 in the process.

The cheapest option for you would be judo, as this would set you back an acceptable £79,373, which will surely be worth it if you're taking home gold from Tokyo 2020?

If you were looking to spend a bit more than judo, but considerably less than equestrian, then maybe badminton or archery is the sport for you. Costing you £155,418 and £156,000 respectively, those two events sit in the middle of cost and time it takes to reach a high level.

For any potential weightlifters out there, that will set you back around £273,000.

Shane Forster, UK Country Manager at says: “There’s no greater accolade than competing for your country at the Olympics.

"Our Olympic medalists are celebrated for years to come. Although our research shows that it’s costly to achieve your goals, you can’t put a price on success.”

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