From $0 to more than $150,000, medal bonuses vary greatly by country.
Olympic competitors revel in two weeks of fame every four years, but the time in between the Games can be difficult. According to a recent survey conducted by the USA Track and Field Foundation, just half of the team's top-ranked track stars earn more than a woeful $15,000 from the sport each year.
Fact is, not every Olympian is an advertiser's dream like Michael Phelps or Lolo Jones, so many athletes rely on the bonuses paid for reaching the podium. What do top nations fork over for medalling at the Olympics? Click through to find out.
* All figures in USD.
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