How Much Do Olympic Gold Medalists Cash In? [Pic]

Submitted by: Webalert 5 years ago in Sports
Olympic Medalists Set to Cash in on London 2012
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Which countries really let their athletes cash in?
There are 15 comments:
Female 28
I heard recently that America is one of very few countries who tax the payout. I would have liked to have seen that explored in this graphic.
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Male 7,774
If you are a poxy country with poxier athletes then of course you can offer a castle or slaves for life.
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Male 2,163
Face on a Wheaties box.....priceless.
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Male 7,123
Excuse the typos. Just got back from a rather good dinner.
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Male 7,123
Jakk88
The whole amateur ideal sounds great but in fact was never really a thing. The original Olympians regularly were rewarded by theor cities very generously.

The amateur ideal was a Victorian invention, which wa when `sport` in the modern sense was invented. One of the first popular team sports was rowing, we`re still prety good at it, but the toffs who were rowing in competetive races were no match for profresional Thames Watermen. They couldn`t be beaten by oiks, so they started making rules which meant only the leisured could compete at the highest levels.

In this century some countries made a bit of an effort to at leas pay lip service to amateurism, although the only real amateurs in this period were the odd talented outsider. Mostly there were scholarships or, in eastern Europe & China, military positions which consisted entirely of training.

I`m not sure why GB athletes got nothing, but I`m sure the sponsorship will see them right.
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Female 91
poor moldovia : (
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Female 4,084
MGovern1981 for the win.
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Female 4,084
i think i read somewhere that north korea was offering a refrigerator for getting a medal and labor camp for not getting one. but maybe i got that wrong...
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Male 196
and now let add in commercial endorsements and then see who really wins
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Male 250
(last statistic) money does not buy athletes. people will do what they love as long as they can.
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Male 871
yeah what happened to amateur games?
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Male 2,578
Moldovan flag = wrong. Makes me question everything -_-
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Male 14,331
Valuing athletics more than academics is one of the human races biggest mistakes.
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Male 45
Isn`t it supposed to be amateurs at the Olympics? They shouldn`t be paid anything. It`s just a collection of sports too boring to watch on their own. And the ones that are interesting have professional events also. Soccer (Football), Basketball etc.
Play a real sport!
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Male 3
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