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Some athletes aspire for gold not only for the glory of winning an Olympic medal but also for a generous monetary reward. However, for a select few, endorsement deals have already funded their trip to London and then some. According to Forbes, many of the top earning female athletes are Olympians, and whether the gold in their pocket is a result from the gold hanging around their necks or other career accomplishments, these women aren’t too concerned with finding work after the 2012 games!
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7. Agnieszka Radwanska
Despite holding a second seed in the Olympic women’s singles competition and the number two spot in the world, Polish tennis player Agnieszka Radwanska fell to unseeded Julia Goerges of Germany in the first round. But she has plenty to fall back on even if she leaves London without a medal: her prize winnings and endorsements from the likes of Lexus have garnered her $6.9 million in the last year.
6. Ana Ivanovic
After seeing her world ranking slip to no. 64 in 2010, Ana Ivanovic has climbed back to no. 12, securing one of the richest endorsement deals for a female athlete from Adidas along the way. She fell in the third round of Olympic women’s singles competition to Kim Cljisters of Germany, but fortunately this tennis champ has $7.2 million in yearly earnings to fall back upon!
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