SALT LAKE CITY -- Emily Scott filed for food stamps two weeks ago. This month, the Olympic short-track speedskating hopeful's monthly stipend was cut from $1,950 to $600.
Though she shares an apartment with a roommate and has a part-time job at a surgical supply factory, Scott's expenses come in way above her stipend. Scott, 24, has no idea how she is going to make ends meet. She trains six days a week, about eight hours a day. The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are seven months away.
Scott grew tearful as she discussed her food stamps application. "The last thing you want to be worried about in a year like this is being able to pay your rent and eat, and you want to eat healthy," she said at lunch as she twirled a spoon in a bowl of soup. "That was pretty hard. ... But I'm not the only one suffering."