The high costs of being a professional athlete … even for an Olympic champion

TSX HEADLINES – for July 18, 2018: Trying to make a living in track & field – or most Olympic sports for that matter – is hard … even for a three-time Olympic gold medalist.

American Tianna Bartoletta, who became World Champion in the long jump way back in 2005 and won two Olympic golds in 2016, details the harsh realities of the business of track & field today in a stunning blog post on her own site.

We share a small part of it to showcase not only the harsh side of the sport’s business aspects, but also her determination to survive and thrive.

Read some of the details and get the link to her whole post in our Lane One commentary, plus reports and results from the whole world of Olympic sport in this 24-page edition:

(1) THE TICKER: Another U.S. federation hit with a sex-abuse lawsuit, plus the payouts for each team at the FIFA World Cup;

(2) THE BIG PICTURE: The IOC Executive Board has a full agenda this week in Lausanne, plus the “eSports Forum” coming up on Saturday;

(3) ATHLETICS: Hard to imagine the Steeplechase as the key race of any meet, but Americans Evan Jager and Emma Coburn are looking for record races at the IAAF Diamond League in Monaco on Friday!

(4) CYCLING: Surprise after surprise at the Tour de France, as Belgium’s Greg van Avermaet holds on to the yellow jersey after the first day in the Alps, but for how long …

(5) FENCING: A powerful U.S. team is in China for the FIE World Championships, with no. 1-ranked Race Imboden one of the favorites in the men’s Foil!

This issue includes ON DECK previews of Archery ~ Athletics ~ Badminton ~ Cycling ~ Fencing ~ Table Tennis; SCOREBOARD reports on Cycling and Shooting, plus AGENDA, our exclusive calendar of upcoming international events!