Jimmy Nielsen sat at a desk at a school in Denmark Monday through Friday as a 12-year-old just like all of his peers. But when the bell rang and class was dismissed, Nielsen’s life between Friday afternoon and Monday morning was unlike his other classmates.
After school, Nielsen’s mother would drive him to the airport, and he’d fly each weekend to a different European destination — Spain, Germany, France. His weekend was spent wherever the Norwich City soccer team was playing as he was a goalkeeper for its youth team.
And on Sunday night, he’d fly back to Denmark and go to school the next morning. For three years, this was Nielsen’s routine.
While Nielsen, now 41, went...