National Splurge Day is a day for people to treat themselves, whether that means a high calorie meal or a high cost car. So to celebrate the annual event on June 18, we asked eight Team USA athletes to tell us what they splurged on after their big Olympic win.
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1. Erin Hamlin, Luge Bronze Medal
"One of my splurges was I went in on a puppy with my family. Since my life wasn’t — and still isn’t — conducive to getting my own dog, I had to convince my parents they wanted a new one. So Dooley has become more of a family dog that I was instrumental in getting.
But I think the thing I treated myself with the most was a ’76 Volkswagen Convertible Beetle. I didn’t get it until September of 2014 (friends of the family were selling it). I’ve wanted one my entire life, so it was a perfect splurge and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity."
2. Mariel Zagunis, Four Fencing Medals
"I'm not really one to splurge on big ticket items, but I did treat myself/splurge big time on sleep and M&M's after the Olympics were over."
3. Melissa Seidemann, Two Water Polo Gold Medals
"After the Olympics, I splurged on some really good meals and pampering myself!"
4. Caleb Paine, Sailing Bronze Medal
“Bought a new exhaust for my old 1998 BMW convertible. Because it sounds awesome!”
5. Jason Brown, Figure Skating Bronze Medal
“After winning a medal at the Olympics, the first thing I splurged on was McDonald's McFlurrys! Since they have free McDonalds in the Athlete Dining Hall at the Olympics, after I was finished competing, I literally had one McFlurry every day until I left Sochi!”
6. Kayla Harrison, Two Judo Gold Medals
“I actually bought a Chanel purse after the Olympics. I had bought a vintage one after London and used it every day, so I felt if it was something I wanted I knew I would put it to good use. It’s big enough to carry two gold medals!”
7. Rachel Fattal, Water Polo Gold Medal
“The first thing I splurged on when I got home was probably Italian food. I'm a huge foodie, and Italian is my favorite!”
8. Lindsay Whalen, Two Basketball Gold Medals
“The first thing I splurged on when I got home was a Blizzard from Dairy Queen. Butterfinger, of course.”