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Olympic hopeful sells tattoo space on body

UPI News Service, 06/27/2011 

An Australian beach volleyball player says she is selling ad space on her body to help her attempt to make it into next year's Olympic Games in London.

Claire Kelly said she is selling tattoo space on her body for $10,400 to $52,000 so she and her partner, Carla Kleverlaan, can join the beach volleyball world pro tour and play the required 12 events to qualify for the Olympics, Melbourne's Herald Sun reported Monday.

"It's taken me months to get the courage to do this and now I'm going through with it," Kelly said. "I was thinking, 'Tattoo my body with a business logo just so I can have a chance to play for my country at the Olympics? I'm crazy'!

"This is my dream and it seems crazy not to try to do something to realize the dream. We need to head off on the world tour before the end of July. We need financial backing, so I can't let fear stop me," she said.

Kelly said she is not concerned about potential criticism of her moneymaking scheme.

"The tattoos mean much more than just the money or the business," she said. "The tattoos signify having the courage to have a crack at something bigger, having the guts to at least try."

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