You Won’t Believe How New Zealand Olympian Logan Campbell Funded His Olympic Training

Some Olympians have big sponsorship deals with Gillette or Subway.

Others have to find more, um, creative ways to raise money to pay for training, travel, and living expenses.

Take New Zealand taekwondo fighter Logan Campbell.

He found himself out $120,000 (American dollars) after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and was going to need another $200,000 to compete in London.

Instead of holding the bake sale to end all bake sales or working as an extra on The Hobbit movie/trilogy (first New Zealand-specific job I thought of), he opened a brothel.

New Zealand Olympian/former madam Logan Campbell (photo from Getty Images)


Brothels are legal in New Zealand. Still, when Campbell opened his establishment in 2009, the New Zealand Olympic Committee wasn’t happy.

But news of Campbell’s business endeavors spread, and the Kiwis responded by donating large sums of money to the country’s taekwondo program. No longer in need of funding, Campbell sold the brothel in 2011.

Now he’s in London, awaiting the start of the men’s 68 kg tournament next Wednesday.

Campbell’s Wikipedia page says that The Karate Kid inspired him to take up taekwondo. To my knowledge, Ralph Macchio never operated a brothel.


“New Zealander used brothel to fund Olympic taekwondo training”—Yahoo! Sports

About Josh Tinley

Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.


  1. UncleBill2 says:

    Legal business. So what?

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