The Olympics have been around since 1896 when Greece hosted its first tournament. The prestigious event has not only brought nations together but also given athletes an opportunity to make tons of dollars making it the single event where athletes make the most money, thanks to advertisers. Below is a list of some of the richest Olympian in the United States.
Estimated to be worth 40 billion dollars, White is the richest Olympian in the United States. Having started snowboarding when he was only six, White is a three-time gold medalist – 2006, 2010 and 2018. Only a year after launching his career in snowboarding, he received his first sponsorship. White was born with a congenital heart defect that has seen him undergo two surgeries but this hasn’t stood between him and greatness.
Sport: Figure Skating
Worth 30 billion dollars, Hamilton’s career flourished under the wings of former Olympian Pierre Brunet with whom he trained with. Having begun at an early age of 13 years, Hamilton won his first and only Olympic gold in 1984. The first time he took part in the Olympics was in 1980 having proved his mettle during the US Figure Skating Championships the same year. He finished fifth during the Olympic games but thereafter he was always the winner in the consecutive championships.
Sport: Track and field
Lewis will go down in history books as the man who won a gold medal in four consecutive Olympics (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996). The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) added a feather to his cap by naming him the World Athlete of the Century for winning nine Olympic gold medals, a silver medal and ten World Championship medals. A jumper and sprinter, Lewis has to be one of the most decorated Olympians in the US.