..and silver and bronze. In an effort to push athletes harder, Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has put money on the table. Athletes who win gold, silver or bronze medals in the 2012 London Summer Olympics will receive a cash incentive. So what’s up for grabs?
Gold medal winners = 4 million rubles / 130,000 USD approx / €101,691.00 approx
Silver medal winners = 2.5 milllion rubles / 82,500 USD approx / €63,558.00 approx
Bronze medal winners = 1.7 milion rubles / 56,000 USD approx / €43,216.00 approx
It is not only the athletes who will benefit, it has also been said that the coaches will also be rewarded according to the achievements of their sport, although this is to be decided on and confirmed later this year. The sums of money have remain unchanged since that on offer for the 2008 Beijing Games, where Russia failed to win any medals in Artistic Gymnastics.
If Viktoria Komova, Aliya Mustafina and Ksenia Afanaseyva continue on track as they have from their previous World Championships, they’ll be on course to pocket a nice amount.