The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics are now in full swing with many gold, silver, and bronze medals having already been won. But while some athletes will walk away from the Olympics with a priceless medal around their necks, they won't walk away with much in the pocket.
According to Forbes: "An income study of U.S. track athletes ahead of the 2012 Games found that half of athletes ranked in the top 10 of their event in the U.S. earned less than $15,000 annually from all sources of income (including sponsorships, prize money and grants)."
These guys will be earning considerably less than two megastars at the Olympics this month - American basketball player Kevin Durant and Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic - who have pocketed $150,000 per day over the last 12 months.
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In fact, the article states that there 'are 14 athletes competing in five sports in Brazil who made more than $18 million between June 2015 and June 2016,' and together they have earned '$447 million, or an average of $32 million, with 58% derived from sponsors.'
Durant is the highest earner, coming in at $56.2 million. The new Golden State Warriors star will earn $26.5 million next season, with his off the court income from sponsors coming in at $36 million. If Team USA manages to win a medal at the games, he'll receive a bonus of $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze.
Despite crashing out of the men's singles and doubles, Djokovic is the second highest earner at this summer's Olympics, having earned: "$55.8 million over the last 12 months from prize money, endorsements and appearance fees" according to Forbes.
Brazil's own Neymar and Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal are next on the list having both made $37.5 million during the past year, and they are followed by Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori who earned $33.5 million, and athletics superstar Usain Bolt on $32.5 million.
The complete top-14 paid athletes at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics:
1. Kevin Durant - $56.2 million
2. Novak Djokovic - $55.8 million
T-3. Neymar - $37.5 million
T-3. Rafael Nadal - $37.5 million
5. Kei Nishikori - $33.5 million
6. Usain Bolt - $32.5 million
7. Carmelo Anthony - $30.9 million
8. Serena Williams - $28.9 million
9. Kyrie Irving - $27.6 million
10. Paul George - $24.1 million
11. Andy Murray - $23 million
12. Jimmy Butler - $20.6 million
13. DeAndre Jordan - $20.5 million
14. Rickie Fowler - $18.5 million