A 2004 Harris Poll reported that the majority of Americans prefer Olympic training be paid through what means?
Creative financing secured from a variety of individual, corporate and community sources underpins the U.S. Olympic effort, a feature that sets American amateur sports apart from amateur athletic programs in much of the world.
As with the arts, the funding of the U.S. Olympic effort is highly decentralized and largely shared by private businesses and millions of individual Americans.
This system has proven popular; a 2004 Harris Poll revealed that three in four Americans prefer that Olympic training be paid for exclusively or predominantly through private funding. One possible benefit is that everyone — down to penny-collecting 8-year-olds — can point with pride to their contribution to what is truly “their” Olympic team.