How much money you get if you win an Olympic gold medal in South Africa

Winning a gold medal at the Olympics is a life-changing experience. You can’t put a price on it. But, depending on where you’re from, you might expect a financial windfall.

Statista rounded up the prize money being given out by 12 countries to their winning athletes at the Olympic Games in Rio. The values are converted to US dollars.

If you’re at the top of the podium and the Singaporean national anthem plays — which would be a first: of the four medals the country’s Olympians have ever won, not one has been gold — you’ll walk away with glory and a $753,000 bonus.

That’s nearly 30 times more money than you would earn winning the same medal if you were competing for the U.S. Olympic Team, which in Rio has racked up 11 golds among its world-beating 32 overall medals as of midday Thursday.

With its population of 5.5 million (versus, for example, New York City’s 8.17 million), the island city-state Singapore racked up a pair of medals, both bronze, in table tennis at the London Games in 2012. Its two silvers came in 1960, in weight lifting, and 2008, again in table tennis.


In contrast, the US has won 1,071 gold medals and 2,698 total medals since the 1896 games in Athens — the kickoff of the Olympics’ modern era — not including the medals won in Rio, where the likes of Goldman Sachs and PricewaterhouseCoopers have forecast the U.S. will garner more than 100 medals.

Other countries, including the UK, don’t offer cash bonuses to medalists.

As competition continues in Rio, executives with the International Olympic Committee and at national sports federations have come under scrutiny over how little of the money generated by the Games trickles down to the athletes.

Of course, top athletes in the most popular sports can rack up millions through endorsements, sponsorships and paid appearances. Gymnast Gabby Douglas has a reported net worth of $3 million, while swimmer Michael Phelps boasts a reported net worth of $55 million.

South Africa

  • Gold medal bonus in Rio: $36,000
  • Delegation in Rio: 145 athletes
  • Gold medals won in history: 23
  • Total medals won in history: 76
  • Population: 54.95 million

This article originally appeared on Market Watch and can be found here

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