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I hate that I’m a lawyer and not an Olympic athlete : (

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Do you think in the Olympic athlete version of fishbowl they are constantly bitching about how competitive athlete culture is toxic, trainers are toxic, there’s so much pressure to (literally) do better than any human has ever done before, pressure to do steroids but not get caught, work 24/7 on training, never eat bread, no time to date, no time for your family, no time to have friends, etc etc? 🤔 I bet yes. But what is their version of “I just need to go in-house, then life will be perfect!!” ?? 🧐

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Retiring to coach! Duh.

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While it looks amazing, most olympians go through a post-Olympic depression and also struggle financially. I was an elite level swimmer, not Olympic level, but trained the same number of hours and know some olympians, and it can be very difficult once you retire to find an identity outside of your sport. Check out the documentary The Weight of Gold and you might change your mind.

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Same goes for collegiate athletes. I am a former D1 athlete - I was never good enough to have the potential to go pro, but know several all-Americans, potential pro prospects, and even athletes who played professionally for a couple of years who went through extremely difficult times once sports ended for them. You spend the majority of your life intensely focused on one goal, and then it ends abruptly. It can be devastating for some.

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I hate that I’m a lawyer and not dating an Olympic athlete.

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A Sidley first-year associate is competing in the Paralympics next month.

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It is official. I am an underachiever

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Think of it this way: Being a lawyer is a long-term career. You can be a lawyer for 40 years, until you’re old and grumpy. Being an Olympic athlete sucks. You can only compete while you’re in your physical peak, so you spend 15 years or so looking very hot and hooking up with also very hot people. You also get to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which surely sucks.

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I think you meant to make this sound bad but ended up making it very appealing....

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Honestly don't know why you would want to be one. Biglaw is longer hours but pays way better on average/working out that much is a pain. I mean law is long hours but it is still basically filling out forms, high stakes googling, and paper writing for a ton of cash. Some people work way longer/harder for much less.

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Yes! I like your attitude of gratitude. When I was clerking the chief judge said something about how hard we were working. I gestured in the direction of the guys jackhammering concrete in 90-degree weather in the humid, swampy DC summer — now THAT’s working hard. And even that is way better than all the people working 2-3 jobs at minimum wage and commuting super far because they’re gentrified out of the time zone. And even that blows away the global poor. I’ve done plenty of complaining myself, but especially once I paid off my loans, i really had no cause.

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Everyone takes posts so seriously on this app

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I'm a former DI athlete. Many of my teammates have been in the Olympics. Several of them even have a full suite of bronze, silver, gold medals from multiple Olympic games. I just went to a baby shower with six of my teammates and there were 14 medals among them(!) People don't really talk about how it stunts you socially and overly-forges your identity as a "sportsball athlete." It's actually hard to start entry level jobs as a 26 year old and not to graduate with your college class on time. Most wouldn't change it though. Also, Go Team USA!

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I’ve had the chance to meet some olympians through my job as a lawyer which was pretty cool

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I was just thinking that being an olympic athlete would be a relief 😫

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Hahah…I was sitting on the couch watching archery while waiting for some docs, thinking “hmm, maybe I could pick this up.” And then I remembered that I’m almost 30 and horribly out of shape 😅

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Lawyers do not work more hours than Olympians. A great Michael Phelps quote talks about how he spent every single day in the pool. Most other people took off Sundays. He said something like "that's 52 days I'm ahead of them." He was a machine. A lot is talent but so much more is work ethic and training. These people are elite in every way. Let's go Team USA!

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Also, Phelps doesn’t mention that he was intoxicated or hung over for many of those practices. My sister trained with him and said he would get beat regularly in training by guys who obviously weren’t as good. Not a knock at all to him as he was definitely struggling with mental health issues, but that wasn’t the full story. A4, I’m a former D1 swimmer, and while the NCAA limits practice to 20 hours a week, that doesn’t apply to summers and winter break. During those periods, I trained way over 20 hours a week. Additionally, coaches found work arounds to that during the season. For example, the coach wouldn’t be on deck for the warm up or warm down portions of our practice so those didn’t count towards the 20 hours. Finally, the latest swimming science supports much much less volume of training and higher quality. Grinding out yards or meters for three hours at a time used to be the standard, but no longer is. Rest and recovery are prioritized much more with many programs giving more than one rest day a week. I think the change is for the better. Grinding away when your body is broken down only leads to poor technique and injury. There’s no reason why someone competing in a 100 yard race should be doing 10 practices a week that are 6-7,000 yards.

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I hate that I'm a lawyer and not a UFC athlete

I have a friend that won a gold medal, went to law school, and is now in big law.

Was she a swimmer? If so, I know her too!

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