Quarter of a Million Dollar Bonuses for Kazakh Gold Medal Winners
Many countries reward their successful Olympic athletes with cash bonuses. Ex-Soviet states are proving especially generous when it comes to Winter Olympic medals and none more so than Kazakhstan who is offering $250,000 for each gold medal taken home by its athletes at the games.
The small nation of Latvia is the second most generous with a reward of $192,000 for its gold-winning competitors. Italy rounds off the top three with a cash bonus of $189,800 for its winning participants. The United States is far behind in seventeenth place, paying its gold medal winners $25,000. This is still much better than the United Kingdom where the athletes receive no cash prize for their medals.
This chart shows bonuses per gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi (in U.S. dollars).
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