It isn’t just gymnastics though, its basically a whole generation. When getting a good education and decent career (teaching was mentioned as an example) will only net you a lower middle class life if you are lucky (few luxuries, always waiting to see what insurance cost will nearly bankrupt you this year, unaffordable housing, etc), why not take the chance that you’ll “win the lottery” and become a famous influencer?
I feel like Simone could be an Athleta spokeswoman for quite a few years. There doesn’t seem to be the pressure to produce new results or be dropped with that company, unlike Nike. Maybe she’ll get to design her own line for them, or something.
(I think Aly is going to need a degree of some sort if she wants to go into politics.)