Canada's Olympic Athletes Live In Poverty

During the summer of 2008, Canada’s Thomas Hall placed first in the sprint canoeing World Cup competition in Duisburg, Germany, securing his spot at the Beijing Olympics. Hall would go on to win a bronze for Team Canada.

Representing Canada on the podium at an international level brought him sponsorship, and a generous bonus from the Canadian Olympic Committee, but proved to not be enough to pay the bills.

"The Olympics have a weird magic about them.

They cause people to make risky financial

decisions in pursuit of a dream.”

Despite the funding available, many Canadian competitors still find it hard to support themselves while continuing in their sport.