Dreams Of 'What If' Haunt Olympic Hopeful Who Walked Away From Morgan Stanley

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World champion rower Michael Blomquist valued the chance for an Olympics gold medal in London more than an analyst job at Morgan Stanley. He said the decision wasn’t easy. “It’s always going to be a difficult proposition to walk away from good money and from something that is comfortable and straightforward,” Blomquist said. “I’m loving every day, but of course sometimes I do feel like I made a terrible decision. I walked away at a point where I felt like I was on an upward track at work.” The 30-year-old -- who won a world title with the U.S. men’s eight in Japan in 2005 -- quit his analyst job with Morgan Stanley in 2010 to try to get into the U.S. boat for the Olympic Games in London, which start July 27...Blomquist is based in Oakland, California. He’s covering his living costs out of his savings, passing up the chance to be earning 69,850 pounds ($112,000), the average salary of a London-based analyst with two to four years of experience, according to recruitment agency Reed Global. He declined to give his salary at the bank. [Bloomberg]

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