Say you’re a promising athlete, who’s got nothing but a dollar and a dream. You want to go to the Olympics, but you simply can’t afford the equipment, the training, the travel. If this were a Disney movie, you’d set up a lemonade stand. If you’re Logan Campbell, you’d open up a whorehouse.
The New Zealand taekwondo athlete is hoping to go to the 2012 games in London, but it’s quite expensive and the country’s taekwondo federation is running low on funds too. So Campbell and a friend have started their own brothel in Auckland with the hope of raising $300,000, one client at a time.
Campbell made the top 16 in his weight class in Beijing, and said the entire experience cost $150,000. He’s hoping that not having to worry about the money this time around will leave him more time to compete. And what’s better, his father won’t have to keep working two jobs to support his dreams.
Campbell’s parents are gradually warming up to the idea:
“Mum was hesitant but she met the girls, a couple came over to her house and she was sweet as. She realised they were just normal people supporting their kids and stuff.”
As far as dens of iniquity go, this one sounds pretty classy. Campbell promises only “smart, attractive” women, and a night with one of the ladies can go for up to $1500. So Beijing isn’t so far away!
Not so fast, says the country’s taekwondo federation, who’s reviewing Campbell’s membership:
“Selection takes into account not just performance but also the athlete’s ability to serve as an example to the youth of the country.”
Hate to break it to them, but I think more youth aspire to be pimp Logan Campbell than Olympian Logan Campbell.