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Every Country Has A Different Award For Olympic Gold Medalists — Here's How Much They Earn

BRB...asking if I can honorarily join the Singapore team.

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.

Suni Lee holding up her Olympic medal
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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.

Hidilyn posing for photos with her gold medal and flower bouquet
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Congrats!! 

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.

One person commented, "OMG! I'm so naive...I thought the medal and honor was the prize. Plus sponsorships and celebrity status...no idea any athletes got prize money"
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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:

Singapore

Singaporean athlete celebrating
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Gold: $737,000 

Silver: $369,000

Bronze: $184,000 

Kazakhstan

Kazakh tennis player pumping their fist
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Gold: $250,000

Silver: $150,000

Bronze: $75,000

Malaysia

A Malay badminton player hitting a shot while playing
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Gold: $236,000

Silver: $71,000

Bronze: $24,000

Italy

An Italian gymnast mid-air
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Gold: $213,000

Silver: $107,000

Bronze: $71,000

Hungary

A Hungarian swimmer in the pool during a race
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Gold: $168,000

Silver: $126,000

Bronze: $96,000

Brazil

A Brazilian gymnast on the balance beam
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Gold: $49,000

Silver: $29,000

Bronze: $20,000

Japan

A Japanese gymnast on the pommel horse
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Gold: $45,000

Silver: $18,000

Bronze: $9,000

United States of America

The U.S. Women's Gymnastics team saluting the crowd and posing with their medals
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Gold: $37,500 

Silver: $22,500 

Bronze: $15,000 

South Africa

A South African water polo player in the pool
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Gold: $37,000

Silver: $19,000

Bronze: $7,000

Canada

A Canadian beach volleyball player preparing to hit the ball
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Gold: $16,000

Silver: $12,000

Bronze: $8,000

Australia

An Australian swimmer in the pool at after a race
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Gold: $15,000

Silver: $11,000

Bronze: $7,000

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!