The "REWARDS" of medaling at the Olympics
With each Olympic Games, the rewards of winning a medal - especially a Gold medal - are in some ways obvious, but also in many ways unique. Some of these rewards are "tangible" - i.e., financial. Others, less predictable and perhaps more dependent upon circumstance (home country athlete?) or the moment (extraordinary performance or emotional moment).
With Russia hosting its first ever Winter Olympic Games, the stakes are obviously high for the athletes, and the rewards potentially considerable.
For Russian athletes winning gold - from the Russian government, will come a check for ~$122,000 (which is more than the $100,000 awarded back in 2010 for Gold). Silver earns $76,000. Bronze earns $40,000.
What do you think?
It would be interesting to see how the prizes compare between different countries.
I remember a few Olympics back, Norway was the only country without any kind of financial reward. Taiwan had the highest one (1 million dollars for a gold medal), given international presence and recognition is very important for them.