Russian Sochi Olympic medalists receive Mercedes-Benz cars from government

Feb 10, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; The team from Russia sing the national anthem after receiving their gold medals during the medal ceremony for the figure skating pairs competition in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at the Medals Plaza. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Host nation Russia racked up the most overall medals in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but their medalists weren’t done getting some nice gifts just yet. On Thursday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev handed out keys to a fleet of white Mercedes-Benz cars to all 44 medalists from the Sochi Games.

The cars featured the Russian Olympic team logo and different classes were handed out to correspond with the gold, silver or bronze medal that the athlete had won.

Unfortunately for figure skating medalists Yulia Lipnitskaya and Adelina Sotnikova, who are 15 and 17 years old respectively, the age requirement to drive in Russia is 18. The two athletes still received their cars, but they received an extra perk which was a paid-for driver.

There was also a cash prize given out to the medalists. Gold medalists received $120,000, silver medalists $76,000 and bronze medalists $52,000.

For speedskater Viktor Ahn, that means he received four cars and $412,000. Not a bad haul.

Topics: 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi Olympics

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