Olympic competition involves a lot of hard work and dedication that the spectators never see. But it also involves some cushy luxuries like this past weekend's free shopping spree.
As SFGate.com reports in a piece called "Swimming for Swag," U.S. Olympic athletes lined up for free stuff at San Jose State on Saturday. Each athlete received about $3000 of free gear from the USOC, Nike, and other sponsors.
Because of her corporate sponsorship (Speedo), swimmer Amanda Beard can't wear the Nike merchandise, but noted that, "A lot of it will go to family members."
Eventually, all of the Olympians will get their free gifts -- except for the equestrians, who probably don't need any Nike gear, anyway.