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

Olympic Medalists Set to Cash in on London 2012
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Which countries really let their athletes cash in?

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lotus78
Female, 30-39, Eastern US
 28 Posts
Saturday, August 18, 2012 6:50:51 AM
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.

drawman61
Male, 50-59, Europe
 6102 Posts
Saturday, August 18, 2012 12:26:31 AM
If you are a poxy country with poxier athletes then of course you can offer a castle or slaves for life.

handimanner
Male, 60-69, Western US
 1856 Posts
Friday, August 17, 2012 8:52:00 PM
Face on a Wheaties box.....priceless.

LordJim
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4668 Posts
Friday, August 17, 2012 1:25:50 PM
Excuse the typos. Just got back from a rather good dinner.

LordJim
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4668 Posts
Friday, August 17, 2012 1:22:13 PM
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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