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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Doc Holliday, Feb 21, 2010.
Do the athletes get some cash with that Gold Medal?
I always thought that the athletes were not paid directly, but that compensation was in the form of food, housing, clothing, etc.
25,000 for a gold medal
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.
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.
They always show clips of the gold medal winners eating at McDonalds after their events. That always looks scripted.
No cash payments. If they are in a glamour sport like downhill, the endorsements pour in though.
How much can you pawn one for? Maybe thats the next thing rick buys
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?)
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.
Think Wheaties box or "I'm goint to DisneyWorld" ad video and go from there in endorsement contracts.
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.
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.
Thank you for posting the answer while I was composing my rant.
Just noticed that was an '02 article, so I'm not sure if the dollar amounts are still the same.
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.
That compilation looks like a Wikipedia article.