It’s Not Just the Medal. It’s the Payout.

It’s Not Just the Medal. It’s the Payout.

Bonuses for winning Olympic medals can be as high as $740,000 for some athletes. Others have to be satisfied with a nice letter from the king.


By James Wagner

TOKYO — After winning her first career gold medal at the Summer Olympics here, United States wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock had big plans for the bonus money that comes with it: buying her mother a $30,000 food truck.

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