Australian athlete Alex Hartmann is damn fast. So fast in fact that he's currently in Rio, competing in the Olympics.
Unlike most Olympic athletes however, 23-year-old Alex didn't start any kind of athletic training until he was 16. This was mainly due to the fact that it's bloody expensive.
As soon as he was old enough, Alex got a job at Big W, where he stayed for the next nine years. Besides buying a Suzuki Swift, almost all of the money he earned went towards training, gear, and competitions.
A year and a half ago, Alex quit his job to train full-time. While he refused a farewell dinner, his colleagues threw a morning tea to see him off.
"The Olympics are known to produce some amazing results, so anything is possible," said Alex, counting down the days until his first race in Rio.