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
Rachel Dawson not only captains the U.S. women's field hockey team, she also coaches the women's squad at Princeton University
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
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
Jesse Gey works the front desk at an Embassy Suites hotel in San Diego while she's not training for U.S. field hockey
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
On top of being a U.S. Olympic kayaker, Tim Hornsby is a tutor at UC San Diego where he currently studies Aerospace Engineering
U.S. trap shooter Corey Cogdell was once an assistant chef in Italy and now hosts outdoors industry television shows
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