Meet The Olympic Athlete Who Was So Desperate For Cash He Started A Brothel

Logan Campbell TaekwondoLogan Campbell kicks Sung Yu-Chi of Taiwan during the Beijing Olympics

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Some athletes make fortunes at the Olympics, but the vast majority don’t. For some it even becomes an enormous expense.Yahoo! Sports has a revealing story about one athlete who had to go to extreme measures to meet those costs. Logan Campbell, a member of New Zealand’s taekwondo team, came home from Beijing 4 years ago with debts of $160,000. He reasoned that London would cost him $200,000. To make that money, he decided he needed to open a brothel.

Now we should bear in mind that New Zealand decriminalized prostitution in brothels in 2003, and Campbell balked at the idea of being a “pimp”. “Pimps are more tough-type guys. I’m an owner of an escort agency,” he said in 2009.

However, when the brothel made headlines in New Zealand, the country’s usually cash-strapped sporting authorities suddenly came up with funding for taekwondo — perhaps a sign that they weren’t too keen on having the sport associated with prostitution.

Campbell doesn’t seem too keen on reliving his time as a brothel owner.

“I sold the brothel so I don’t really want to talk about it now, OK,” he told Yahoo!

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