The Deadweight Loss... that is a consequence of striving for Olympic excellence, is a theme of a recent Dan Gardner column.
Sympathizing as I do with his message, I am a bit disappointed that he focuses so much on Lindsey Vonn. Sure, her life has been miserable in some ways, but she will coast now for the rest of that life. She is quite marketable in many ways.
UPDATE: On the other hand, Dan now makes me want to do a little bit more research. Thanks, Dan.