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Monday, November 19, 2007

The Countries That Already Pay for Medals

Here we go. This was starting to bug me, so I did some quick online research.

During the Torino Winter Olympics a year and a half ago, Italy was paying their athletes $150,000 for a gold medal. The Czech Republic was paying $42,000 for the gold, the USA and Japan paid $25,000, Switzerland paid $15,500 and Australia pays $7500.

Know where I found this information? This CTV news article from the 2006 Torino Olympics, in which the Tories went on record as saying they would never do it.

In another article I found, China pays $19,000 for a gold medal. But that article was dated 2004, and the subject was whether China would jack it up for the 2004 Athens Olympics, so that number may have changed.

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