Thursday, August 09, 2012

Italian Trap Shooter Wins Gold and $182,400

Italian Jessica Rossi broke the world record in winning the women's trap Olympic shooting gold medal.

   
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 CNBC's Senior International Correspondent, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera
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With many countries in the world facing financial difficulties, there is greater focus on how much money governments are spending on Olympic athletes or Olympic-related events.

Raising eyebrows, Italy is paying $182,400 to any Italian who wins a gold medal. That's the highest payout in the world.    

In second place is Russia, paying nearly $135,000. Third is France paying $ 65,200.  

China reportedly offers $31,400 to gold medal winners, while Japan rewards them with $35,900, Canada gives $20,000, and Germany, just less than that, at $19,500 for a gold.   

In the U.S., gold medal winners get $25,000, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze. This is not government money, it's paid by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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