MADRID – Beyond the glamour of the Olympic stage, many world-class athletes work around-the-clock to fund their Olympic dream. Day Jobs presented by Bridgestone, invites viewers beyond the field of play and into the personal lives of 15 athletes as they balance work, home and sport in pursuit of the Olympic dream. The new original series premieres Monday, 27 November on the Olympic Channel global digital platform, and is available at olympicchannel.com and on its mobile apps.
Day Jobs focuses on the varied and unexpected ways athletes work in order to fulfil their passion for sport, and was produced exclusively for the Olympic Channel by leading sports marketing agency Lagardère Sports.
Told in the first person, the athletes featured in Day Jobs share how they spend their day while reflecting on their Olympic experiences, failures and successes, and how they manage it all.
In the premiere episode, Olympic Bronze Medallist and U.S. Army officer Chris Fogt uses his skills learned on the battlefield to train for the U.S. Bobsleigh Team all while overseeing a battalion of 100 and a growing family.
“One thing I’ve learned since I was a kid is that if you put the time in and you’re consistent, then you’ll be successful,” said Fogt, who is looking to qualify for his third Olympic Games at PyeongChang 2018, and is supported by the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Progam (WCAP). “I don’t think you ever go into a competition, a fight, a battle, a war, expecting to do ‘well’. You want to win.”
Featured athletes who also have their sights set on PyeongChang 2018 include Japan’s Ami Nakamura who spends two hours each day commuting to her job in retail before heading to the rink for ice hockey practice; brothers Thomas and Glen Muirhead who must balance a demanding life on the family sheep farm with training for Great Britain’s curling team; and Team USA teen figure skater Polina Edmunds who balances long hours on the ice with a hectic university schedule.
“Day Jobs” highlights the incredible efforts and sacrifices that athletes, who may not be the most well-known in the world, are willing to make to achieve their dreams,” said Mark Parkman, General Manager of the IOC’s global Olympic Channel. “Viewers are sure to be inspired by the incredible dedication, commitment and passion that Olympians have, and how they apply these values to their daily lives.”
Episode: Athlete (Country) – Day Job/Sport
Episode 1 – Day Jobs: Chris Fogt (USA) – U.S. Army Captain/Bobsleigh
Episode 2 – Day Jobs: Polina Edmunds (USA) – College Student/Figure Skating
Episode 3 – Day Jobs: Pierre Le Coq (FRA) – Dentist/Windsurfing
Episode 4 – Day Jobs: Ami Nakamura (JPN) – Retail Associate/Ice Hockey
Episode 5 – Day Jobs: Scott Evans (IRL) – Fashion/Badminton
Episode 6 – Day Jobs: Gavin Sutherland (ZIM) – Construction/Archery
Episode 7 – Day Jobs: Angel McCoughtry (USA) – Ice Cream Entrepreneur/Basketball
Episode 8 – Day Jobs: Paula Rodriguez (ESP) – Firefighter/Karate
Episode 9 – Day Jobs: Brothers Thomas and Glen Muirhead (GBR) – Farmers/Curling
Episode 10 – Day Jobs: Jared Ward (USA) – Statistics Professor/Athletics-Marathon
Episode 11 – Day Jobs: Kazuki Yazawa (JPN) – Buddhist Priest/Canoe
Episode 12 – Day Jobs: Ana Rente (POR) – Doctor/Gymnastics-Trampoline
Episode 13 – Day Jobs: Ben Fletcher (GBR) – Gardner/Judo
Episode 14 – Day Jobs: Lynda Kiejko (CAN) – Engineer/Shooting
Episode 15 – Day Jobs: Saiyidah Alsyah (SGP) – Teacher/Rowing
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About the Olympic Channel
The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in 11 languages. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone, Toyota and Alibaba. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.
A short trailer for Day Jobs can be viewed HERE on the Olympic Channel.
The series will be available with subtitles in one of 11 languages by selecting the “CC” button found on the lower right of the episode videos. Subtitles are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.