We are still a couple of months away from the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but the athletes who will be representing Russia have to be excited about a bit of news that they received as they finish up their preparation for the Winter Games.
The Russian government announced that the Olympic athletes who medal at the games will receive win bonuses, according to R-Sport.
Gold medalists will receive around $122,000, silver medalists will receive $76,000 and bronze medalists will get a $46,000 bonus. In 2010, the medalists earned bonuses of $100,000 (gold), $60,000 (silver) and $40,000 (bronze). Those who were lucky enough to bring home the gold medal for their country also received a new car.
Russia would love to dominate the medal count when they host the Olympics beginning in February, but it won’t be easy.
We all know that the United States and Canada Olympic teams are expected to do well in the games, but there are plenty of European nations that also excel in the Winter Olympics.
No matter how well the Russians do in Sochi, their athletes that medal will be thrilled.