These 15 Olympic Gold Medal Hopefuls All Have Regular, Everyday Jobs Like The Rest Of Us

Gwen Jorgensen U.S. Olympic triathlon

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Part of the appeal of the Olympics every four years are the interesting stories behind many of the athletes.Most of the attention goes to the premier athletes like Michael Phelps, Lolo Jones or Usain Bolt.

But there are plenty of regular Joes, or Janes, that also participate.

For many of these types, the 2012 summer games in London will mark the culmination of years of hard work that won’t result in any huge payoff or major endorsement.

They have to work your average 9-to-5, or in some cases still go to school, all while training for the biggest event of their athletic lives.

U.S. long jumper Dwight Phillips is also the CFO and founder of Atlanta-based television production company Rebel Star Media

Aspiring actress Julie Zetlin is the only American rhythmic gymnast competing in London this summer

Source: USA Today

Source: USA Today

Rachel Dawson not only captains the U.S. women's field hockey team, she also coaches the women's squad at Princeton University

Source: LinkedIn

Only 19, U.S. fencer Race Imboden recently interned for a record label. He'll start as a freshman at Notre Dame in the fall

Source: USA Today

American rower Natalie Dell is a public health researcher in the Boston area

Source: LinkedIn

Equestrian rider Phillip Dutton runs two horse-riding training facilities with his wife. He used to compete for Australia but is now a U.S. Olympian

Gwen Jorgensen will participate as a U.S. triathlete this summer, but her regular job is with Ernst & Young as an accountant

Source: NBC Olympics

Jesse Gey works the front desk at an Embassy Suites hotel in San Diego while she's not training for U.S. field hockey

Source: LinkedIn

Originally from Ethiopia, Norwegian marathon runner Urige Buta spends his days as a school janitor

Source: Metro UK

Dutch equestrian rider Anky van Grunsven is a huge entrepreneur, launching her own line of children's clothing, video games and children's books

U.S. women's boxer Claressa Shields is still in high school. The 17-year-old will be a senior at Flint Northwestern High School in Michigan in the fall

American judo star Marti Malloy is a receptionist at a sports medicine office

Source: NBC Olympics

On top of being a U.S. Olympic kayaker, Tim Hornsby is a tutor at UC San Diego where he currently studies Aerospace Engineering

Source: Team USA

U.S. trap shooter Corey Cogdell was once an assistant chef in Italy and now hosts outdoors industry television shows

Source: Team USA and Corey Cogdell

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