February 10, 2015

Soon, it could be a future Olympic gold medalist helping people pick out their soccer balls, bows and arrows and swim suits.

The U.S. Olympic Committee signed a sponsorship deal with Dick's Sporting Goods, part of which involves giving jobs at the stores to athletes training for the Olympics.

The Dick's Team USA Ambassador Program is an important component of the partnership for the USOC, which has been looking to reinvent a program that put as many as 200 athletes to work at Home Depot until the big box store ended its long-running sponsorship in 2009.

The deal runs through next year's Rio Olympics. Financial details were not disclosed.

Dick's will also offer sponsorships and sporting equipment to a number of U.S. athletes and will make donations to the Olympic Training Centers.

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