There’s no pay from the IOC (International Olympic Committee) when they win a medal. But many countries Olympic committees pay their athletes for winning medals. Among them, The U.S., Russia, Canada, China & Italy and many more countries.
$20K-$50K per gold medal is typical in bigger countries. The smaller countries actually tend to pay more, $50K-$100K, since a single gold is more important to their country. Some athletes receive cars, houses and promise of jobs when they retire.
In honor I have selected my favorite women of the 2011 World Cup.
As the goalie for the USA, Hope presents a dominate aggressive attitude. I really think the players are scared of her. It works too because she looks gigantic on screen with those goalie gloves (though she is only 5’9). Still, she is gorgeous and considered the best goalie in the world.
She is more like a sex symbol than an athlete with all her photos and magazine covers (maybe NSFW). Plus, she really seems to be having fun. In this viral video, Josefine shows skin as she trades jersey’s with a guy in the stands, but I can’t tell if she is flirting with him (he is cute) or this is all a stunt:
Regardless, Josefine is a powerful player and a “rapid and unpredictable forward who can decide any game”.
Gaetane Thiney, Elodie Thomis and Corine Franco.
All three of them decided to do some stylish nude photographs for Bild magazine. Their intention was to alert the French public that games are actually being played. They feel that women’s soccer is ignored and men’s is a spectacle since the Zidane headbutt in the 2006 World Cup Finals.
It’s really is a cool photo (NSFW) since it doesn’t reveal all and the women look like athletes not plastic surgeries.
The Japanese Team has a 18 year old “teen phenom” playing for them, Mana Iwabuchi. This girl was born in 1993!
This team is definitely my favorite to watch because they show such technical skill on the field (they have to since every team is so much taller than them). Plus, they also have good clean fun:
Ok, since you made it this far I have a link for you (if you’re male). The German women’s team also went all out for their publicity. Posing in the German Playboy (definitely NSFW).