ALICA SCHMIDT has lifted the lid on the challenges athletes face to make a living.
The 24-year-old has been dubbed the “world’s sexiest athlete”.
Schmidt is a 400m runner, who has competed at the World and European championships.
She was also part of Germany’s relay team at the last Olympics but did not step onto the track as she was a reserve.
The beauty has revealed that athletes often struggle to cover their costs despite them performing at an elite level.
Schmidt said: “In principle, I have to say that it is not easy for most German track and field athletes to make a living from sport.
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“If we are in the squad, in the national team, we receive £611 from Sporthilfe.”
She added that they also receive money from their clubs but “that’s usually not enough to make a living from.”
Especially when “you have travel and hotel costs that are not always covered.”
Many athletes have to study or have part-time jobs on the side of their sporting dreams and Schmidt makes her extra cash via social media where she boasts 4.7million followers on Instagram.
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The blonde bombshell added: “I am grateful that I earn my money with social media and can save myself another part-time job.”
Schmidt’s millions of adoring fans are often left in awe and she recently wowed in a blue bikini.
She also caught the eye in a stunning black dress.
Schmidt is hoping to make the German team for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Source: Athletics - thesun.co.uk