The 2021 Olympics in Tokyo are underway, and there has been a lot of buzz surrounding the events, the athletes, the village, and, recently, the prizes.
On Monday, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history by winning the first-ever gold medal for the Philippines. In honor of her feat, the Filipino government and local businesspeople banded together to award the athlete with a house, a condo, and $660,000.
When news of cash prizes being awarded to Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medalists hit the internet, many — like me — admitted to never realizing that Olympians are paid outside of sponsorships or brand deals.
So I did some digging to learn just how much each country awards its top-performing athletes. Of the 205 competing countries, here are a few of the most notable cash prizes:
United States of America
Did any of the prizes surprise you? Or do you think any should be more or less? Let us know in the comments.
And congrats to all the Olympians!