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Gymnast Alex Naddour made headlines over the weekend when he won a bronze medal in the pommel horse, the United States’ first medal in that event in 31 years. His accomplishment is even more impressive, however, when you factor in the fact that he balances his training with a career as a realtor.
Naddour is a member of the National Association of Realtors, HousingWire reported Tuesday. The real estate trade organization tweeted a congratulatory message to the gymnast on Monday:
Naddour, who is from Arizona, has at least one active listing on his website, Arizona Elite Properties. His website plays up the Grand Canyon State’s strong real estate market, which is bolstered by favorable weather and proximity to vacation destinations in Mexico and California.
Naddour’s bronze medal was also the first for an American male gymnast since Jonathan Horton took home a silver medal on the horizontal bar at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
On top of his real estate career and gymnastics training, Naddour is also father to a six-month-old daughter. He told PEOPLE this month that his wife and daughter would not be traveling to Rio de Janeiro to cheer him on due to concerns over the Zika virus.
Naddour is not the only Olympic athlete who has taken on a part-time job to support his or her calling of intense athletic training. Indeed, most athletes don’t benefit from lucrative endorsement deals, as do high-profile athletes such as Michael Phelps or Simone Biles — and indeed, many struggle to pay hefty bills for training and travel expenses, on top of living expenses.
The jobs they take vary widely, but according to American cyclist Mara Abbott, the most important aspect of a job is flexibility. Abbot, who placed fourth in the road race in this year’s Olympics, juggles gigs as a yoga instructor, farmers’ market employee, and newspaper columnist. Six-time Olympic shooter Emil Milev is an elementary school teacher in Tampa, Fla.