How Much is a Gold Medal Really Worth?

Toby Graves
Августа 9, 2016

Renowned physician Dr. Paul Wright is urging Jamaican athletes competing at the Olympic Games in Rio to use condoms if they engage in sexual intercourse, as this is one way to protect themselves from contracting the Zika virus.

Now that his flag-carrying duties are out of the way, Michael Phelps is eager to get started on his fifth Olympics.

The United States owns the most Olympic swimming medals of all time: 230 gold, 164 silver and 126 bronze for a total of 520. Overall, Winter Olympics medals tend to be pricier than their summer counterparts, as there are fewer events.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the USA again earned 31 medals: 12 gold (boosted by Phelps' eight golds), nine silver and 10 bronze medals.

Medal-contending women fill the US roster - young and old and in sports ranging from archery to weightlifting.

Some countries pay their medal winners even more. pays gold medalists $250,000; Malaysia promises its medalists a solid gold bar worth $600,000. It will take approximately two hours for the parade.

Still, Serena is looking to capture her second - and second consecutive - gold medal in Rio. "The specific team member has now left the Olympic village".

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Chinese shooters feature heavily at the top of the world rankings, so it would be no great surprise if the first gold of the Games is won by the Asian nation. China (+325 to win the most gold medals), Great Britain (+2000) and Russian Federation (+5000) are the top contenders to dethrone the Americans.

Tennis ace Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare will play against China's Zhang and Peng in the opening round of women's tennis doubles event today.

The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896.

Lee said he will also step up promotional activities for PyeongChang after Rio, saying, "All the eyes from the world will focus on PyeongChang" once the 2016 Summer Games conclude.

However, count me among those who won't be watching.

We last saw gymnasts scored on a 10-point scale in 2006, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci was the first to achieve it, in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, on the balance beam and uneven bar. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he'd gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.

The games began on April 6, 1896, and continued through April 15, 1896.

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