Make no mistake, the vast majority of the 6,135 athletes competing in 364 events on behalf of 41 countries at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto don’t make a decent living practicing sport. For many of them, juggling training demands and expenses is a daily struggle. But for a lucky few, being an elite level athlete more than pays the bills. Here are some of the top-earning amateur and professional athletes competing at this year’s Games.
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Short bio: 12-time Olympic medallist and the and the first woman ever to win a 100-meter backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics.
Last reported salary: $36,000
Estimated net worth: US$2 million
Sources of income: USA Swimming and sponsors including Speedo, Nulo, Omega, California Dried Plums, TRX Suspension Training
Fun fact: She's ESPN magazine's 2015 Body Issue cover girl