Does cash come with an Olympic Gold Medal?

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  1. Doc Holliday

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    Do the athletes get some cash with that Gold Medal?
     
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    I always thought that the athletes were not paid directly, but that compensation was in the form of food, housing, clothing, etc.
     
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    25,000 for a gold medal
     
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    Not directly to my knowledge, at least from the olympic committee. The USSR used to pay its athletes for world records, before Vassily Alexeyeve(sp) put up about 80 records in a career.
     
  5. Uncle Ben

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    From what I've heard the food/facilities suck. I think they should make tons. I mean this really proves that they are at the top of the field.
     
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    They always show clips of the gold medal winners eating at McDonalds after their events. That always looks scripted.
     
  7. Jonesee

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    No cash payments. If they are in a glamour sport like downhill, the endorsements pour in though.
     
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    How much can you pawn one for? Maybe thats the next thing rick buys
     
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    Sponsorship after the event are HUGE. Look at Phelps... that guy had like $100m worth of sponsors after the summer games. The names you hear a bunch are the ones that are going to get the most money. Like that Skiing chick and the speed skater (Apallo?)
     
  10. bradleyj37

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    if a member of the US team wins a gold medal thay get 25,000 dollars. if they win silver they get 15,000 bronze is even less. some countries give land and houses for gold medals.
     
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    thats it..endorsements...:whistling:
     
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    ah, no
     
  13. blackjack

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    Think Wheaties box or "I'm goint to DisneyWorld" ad video and go from there in endorsement contracts.
     
  14. Dennis in MA

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    Then you should pay them tons. I mean, the best widget-polisher in teh world only makes $16/hr. He's the BEST WIDGET POLISHER IN THE WORLD. TOP OF HIS FIELD. Why not make more? Because he's just polishing widgets.

    Gold medal curlist? (Curlinger????) I can't see paying them tons. The market already sets their wage. If they make it, it's not JUST on talent alone - and they make it big. Otherwise, it's just a really really really really cool feather in their cap and a cool story to tell the grandkids. They shouldn't be paid.
     
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    He's correct.
     
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    Good question. I would like to know too.
    Does anyone actually know the answer?

    It might be time to mention that possession of a keyboard does not automatically grant you the ability to answer questions when you don't know the answer.

    Frustrated apologies to those posters above who are actually correct.

    ML
     
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    Thank you for posting the answer while I was composing my rant.

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    Just noticed that was an '02 article, so I'm not sure if the dollar amounts are still the same.
     
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    The Olympics don't pay athletes directly, but from the Team USA website:

    Which is followed by a table showing payments for Olympic and Pan-American medals and World Championships.
     
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    That compilation looks like a Wikipedia article. :shocked: