Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

5 of 6
BACK NEXT
Athletes
Gold medal: $25,000 given to U.S. athletes by USOC
Silver medal: $15,000
Bronze medal: $10,000

Neither the International nor the U.S. Olympic Committees pay the athletes for competing, but the USOC pays athletes a good sum for winning medals.

But the real money that athletes make comes from lucrative marketing deals. U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, for instance, receives an estimated $5 million for plugging companies like Omega, PowerBar, Visa and Speedo.

Phelps will also get a $1 million bonus from Speedo if he can match the record seven golds in a single Olympic Games set by U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz in the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, Germany.

NEXT: Ticket sales
Last updated August 08 2008: 10:37 AM ET
More Galleries
Best business class airline lounges around the world Between August 2015 and May 2016, Skytrax surveyed over 19.2 million customers to find the best airline lounges. Here is what they found. More
What Boeing's new 737 Max 9 has under the hood Boeing unveiled its new, longer 737 Max 9 airliner earlier this month, the second member of the updated single-aisle jet family. The first aircraft will deliver to airlines starting in 2018. More
Toy Fair surfaces holograms, robotic animals, dolls for boys The Toy Industry Association's annual fair revealed countless tech-enabled toys -- and some fresh takes on old classics. More

Special Offer