The Olympics Brings in Billions, But Not For Athletes. Here's One Fix

Emily White helped crowdfund swimmer Anthony Ervin's journey to the Games. Then she started Dreamfuel.

Emily White

Photographer: André Vieira for Bloomberg

When the Olympic swimmer Anthony Ervin won gold earlier this week—as part of the U.S. men’s freestyle 4-by-100 relay team that helped Michael Phelps win his 20th career gold medal—he tied the record for the longest span between medals (his last win was in 2000). But he might not have made it at all without the hundreds of fans who helped finance his journey back.

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