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Success depends on a lot of factors, including the time and effort that an athlete puts into it. "There is no magic. They (athletes) have to think of it from a business perspective. They have to raise an army that's with them year in and year out. It's not just, 'Hey, it's an Olympic year, let's go raise money," he said. Thieleke wasn't at the level where he qualified for a stipend or a company's endorsement. He was a basketball player for the University of Portland, but as a fifth-year senior, he was surprisingly successful at the 400 meters, breaking school records and qualifying for the NCAA championships and the U.S. championships after just a few months of training.
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