Monica Aksamit, a 2016 fencing bronze medalist, posted a video on TikTok that has gone insanely viral. It shows what other countries pay their medalists compared to the United States.
At the Tokyo Olympics, American athletes are getting $37,500 for each gold medal, $22,500 for each silver medal and $15,000 for each bronze medal.
Singapore, on the other hand, gives gold medalists $737,000, silver medalists $369,000 and bronze medalists $184,000 for bronze, The Singapore National Olympic Council wrote. Kazakhstan and Malaysia gives their gold medalists around $250,000, while Japan gives their winners much less: $45,000 for gold, $18,000 for silver and $9,000 for bronze.
Aksamit told The Post in 2019 that she needed to raise $21,000 to fund her path to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“I’m embarrassed by [the fund-raising], but there isn’t anything else I can be doing. Most part-time jobs are physical. Waiting tables, you are on your feet all day long and then you’re too tired to train,” Aksamit said. “I have applied for a few part-time jobs [in retail] and been honest about my schedule. They always say, ‘Yeah we are interested in someone who has more availability.’”
Top athletes who get air time don’t have to worry as much as the bulk of their money will becoming elsewhere. For others, however, those medal earnings mean a whole lot more and would take them having to win multiple times to bring in a profit over what they likely lost in the years it took for them to even train and qualify for the Olympics.