Schmidt is a 400-meter runner who has represented the United States in international competitions.
She was a member of the German relay team in the previous Olympics, although she never really competed.
Despite their success on the pitch, many sportsmen still have trouble making ends meet, as this article so poignantly illustrates.
Sporthilfe pays us £611 if we make the team and play for our country.
She said, "that's usually not enough to make a living from." refers to the money they get from their clubs.
In particular if you have travel and hotel costs that are not always covered.
Schmidt, like many athletes, has to supplement her income by studying or working, and she has amassed 4.7 million Instagram followers to do so.