American Olympians Get $25,000 For Winning Gold, British Athletes Get Nothing, and Malaysians Would Get $600,000 If One Ever Won
Every country's Olympic committee offers athletes different PRIZES for winning medals. Here are some of the more notable rewards . . .
1. American athletes get $25,000 for winning a gold, $15,000 for a silver, and $10,000 for a bronze. Those payments have been the same for 10 years . . . which means, due to inflation, they're worth about $5,500 less than they used to be.
2. Canada pays $17,900 for a gold.
3. Russia pays WAY better . . . $113,200 for a gold, plus bonuses that can triple that.
4. England pays . . . nothing. A spokesman from their Olympic committee says, quote, "We believe that the drive, dedication, and commitment . . . is motivated first and foremost by the desire to represent their country to the best of their ability."
5. And finally, Malaysia offers the best prize in the world: A gold bar worth $600,000 for a gold medal. Unfortunately . . . no athlete from Malaysia has won a gold medal since 1956. (Yahoo Sports)