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Here's how much U.S. Olympic medalists get paid

  • Many countries reward medalists with bonus money.
  • U.S. Olympians, for example, will earn $37,500 for each gold medal they win this year, $22,500 for each silver and $15,000 for each bronze.
  • Other countries, but not all, offer a "medal bonus." In Singapore, gold medalists take home $1 million.
  • In the 2018 Games, there's just one athlete from Singapore who could capitalize on the big bonus.
  • While headliners like Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn make big money from endorsement deals, a handful of Olympians are stretched thin financially.
  • Some U.S. athletes rely on performance-based stipends from the U.S. Olympic Committee to cover necessities like rent and food.
  • As speed skater Mitch Whitmore told NerdWallet, a fourth place finish at a key 2017 competition granted him a nine-month stipend to fund his training and living expenses.

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Check out these Olympic Skeleton athletes and their super cool helmets

  • There may not be a Winter Olympics sport more terrifying than the Skeleton.
  • This is the sporting event where athletes voluntarily hurl themselves head first down a curving ice track at speeds of over 80 mph — with no brakes!
  • While most people may be too afraid to try it, it certainly does make for a fantastic spectator sport.
  • For the athletes willing to risk life and limb for the glory of an Olympic medal, apparently you need a super cool helmet.
  • The Skeleton helmets at the Pyeongchang Olympics are creative pieces of art that not only serve to protect the the riders' noggins.
  • They also seem to embody the spirit of the athlete wearing them.
  • Here is a sampling of some of our favorites.
  • Photo above: Akwasi Frimpong of Ghana.

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The Olympics’ Never-Ending Struggle to Keep Track of Time

  • Timing the event was a marathon unto itself: the same stopwatch held by the judge at the start of the race had to be carried by bicycle, ahead of the runners, to the finish line.
  • Before the Games end, Omega, which has provided the official timekeeping services to the Olympics since 1932, will serve up more than half a million finish times, splits, distances, rankings, and scores—a feat that requires two hundred and thirty tons of timing equipment, including more than a hundred miles of cable.* The modern timers are far more accurate than the old ones but far less portable.
  • With the début of the Magic Eye technology, at the 1948 Winter Games, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, came the electronic finish line—a thin beam of light that, when broken by an athlete, stopped the clock to the nearest hundredth of a second.

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