Australiaâ€™s Olympic athletes are facing the sobering reality that the huge sponsorship dollars that filled their predecessorsâ€™ pockets are vanishing.
Glamour swimmers such as Grant Hackett and Ian Thorpe comfortably earnt four or five times a year what many of the current swim stars make.
The gap is not just down to the fact that they were proven Olympic standouts, while todayâ€™s crop will be very much on trial at the Rio Olympics.
While Thorpe and Hackett earnt more than $2 million a year from sponsorships, life for the current generation is much more challenging in a tougher financial climate.
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