$300 for a gold medal and no monetary compensation

  • Thread starter GCT
  • Start date
  • #1
GCT
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
1,728
0

Main Question or Discussion Point

$ 300 for a gold medal and no monetary compensation

Something that I find interesting about the olympics is vast amount of stars that are absent ; in particular those that involve European players . Take one example - soccer - I watched the Euro 2008 with gusto , I was never quite the soccer fan , however the tournament was on a unique and a new level of spectacle for me relative to American sports . Spain won however most of their roster are not present on their olympic soccer team . My guess is its because of the money and perhaps they view the olympics as a political charade by the United States in their " scheme to delude " other nations ........




As for the money my impression is that there is no compensation by the IOC nor the individual countries . Even if one places the only thing of monetary value is the medal itself ; around $ 300 dollars for the gold medal .
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
WarPhalange


Doesn't Russia pay its athletes quite well for getting medals in the Olympics?
 
  • #3
D H
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Insights Author
15,393
683


Take one example - soccer - I watched the Euro 2008 with gusto , I was never quite the soccer fan , however the tournament was on a unique and a new level of spectacle for me relative to American sports . Spain won however most of their roster are not present on their olympic soccer team .
What's with the spaces before commas and periods?

Anyhow, you should do a little research before you write. All countries with teams in the Olympic soccer venue are lacking their stars because the stars are, for the most part, too old to play in this venue. Each Olympic soccer team comprises U-23 players (born on or after August 1, 1984) plus at most three old farts.
 
  • #4
LowlyPion
Homework Helper
3,090
4


Something that I find interesting about the olympics is vast amount of stars that are absent ; in particular those that involve European players . Take one example - soccer - I watched the Euro 2008 with gusto , I was never quite the soccer fan , however the tournament was on a unique and a new level of spectacle for me relative to American sports . Spain won however most of their roster are not present on their olympic soccer team . My guess is its because of the money and perhaps they view the olympics as a political charade by the United States in their " scheme to delude " other nations ........
Soccer is not a good example. The rules are set up to limit over 23 year old participation - I think only 3 members of a national team may be over 23 - which means that some countries with more stars are already selected against.

And that is if the stars wanted to play and risk injury anyway.

With $20M - $50M per year salaries on the line and the opportunity for injury it takes a lot of national pride and love of the game to risk it.

Apparently the NBA is on-board putting their players at risk, because they want to expand the global markets.
 
  • #5
mgb_phys
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
7,774
12


Or their contracts with their clubs don't allow it.
It's the start of the soccer season, how would you feel if your new $50M striker went away for 2weeks to play in a competition for his own personal glory?

But on a personal level why should they? The olympics doesn't represent your country, it's a money making operation that doesn't pay profesional performers to appear.
Listing atheletes by their country makes no more sense than a F1 victory by Kimi Räikkönen in a British car with a German engine being a victory for Finland.
Why not list athletes as part of the Nike or addidas team like in the tour de france?
 
  • #6
Moonbear
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
11,490
52


It used to be that professional athletes weren't allowed to compete. Olympics were only for amateur athletes (and then the recognition they could gain certainly would help kick-start a professional career if they chose to do so). Do all sports now allow professional athletes in them, or is it just a few like basketball? Personally, I liked it better as an amateur competition. It just seemed more "wholesome."
 
  • #7
LowlyPion
Homework Helper
3,090
4


Soccer at the Olympics probably shouldn't be included because of the World Cup which is out of phase with the 4 year Olympic cycle. The Olympics only qualified 16 teams I think as it is and not all countries put in the effort that they do for World Cup.

Olympic Medals are nice, but World Cup ..... that's over the top.
 
  • #8
mgb_phys
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
7,774
12


It just seemed more "wholesome."
But it was very unfair. Originally it grew out of an English idea of amateur sports for gentlemen who didn't have to work - after all you wouldn't want to be beaten in the weightlifting by some village blacksmith.

Then you have a problem of definition, if you get a job as a high school phys-ed teacher are you no longer an amateur, or if you are in the army? Is it possible to even be an amateur if you are from a communist country and the state pays for all your training and expenses?
 
  • #9
WarPhalange


Apparently the NBA is on-board putting their players at risk, because they want to expand the global markets.
Risk of what? Soccer I can somewhat understand, because you get freak accidents where entire legs just explode, but I can't remember the last time something bad happened in basketball*.


*I don't watch basketball or soccer, but whenever I do watch soccer, someone is on the ground crying. When I watch basketball, someone gets pushed on their ***, gets up and starts complaining, but it ends there.
 
  • #10
mgb_phys
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
7,774
12


Soccer at the Olympics probably shouldn't be included
Sports where there is already a major world championship shouldn't be. thats why soccor is age limited, to stop it being a world cup competitor. But really it makes no more sense than having F1 or indy car racing in the olympics.

I don't know what happens to tennis now that it is open to professionals, do the US open/Wimbledon winners turn up?
 
  • #11
LowlyPion
Homework Helper
3,090
4


I don't know what happens to tennis now that it is open to professionals, do the US open/Wimbledon winners turn up?
You bet. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic are there.
 
  • #12
695
6


Speaking of paying the athletes, did you hear what China did? They told the gymnastics coaches that they would be fined if any of the gymnasts were injured before the olympics.
 
  • #13
LowlyPion
Homework Helper
3,090
4


Speaking of paying the athletes, did you hear what China did? They told the gymnastics coaches that they would be fined if any of the gymnasts were injured before the olympics.
That's called putting the fear of the Central Committee into them.
 
  • #14


I can chime in here with some expertise about soccer, especially in the Olympics.

If you didn't know, only players under 23 can participate in the Olympics. If you didn't, then it explains why the best players are absent.

Other than that, it has been known that the Olympics isn't a big thing among soccer players.
 
  • #15
695
6


I can chime in here with some expertise about soccer, especially in the Olympics.

If you didn't know, only players under 23 can participate in the Olympics. If you didn't, then it explains why the best players are absent.

Other than that, it has been known that the Olympics isn't a big thing among soccer players.

You think the Olympics is big?

Riiiiigghhhht.

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world.

Soccer is the best sport, without a doubt. People who associate it with socialism are quite delusional.

American Football is as macho as you can get. If you are 6'9, then you got a chance in the NFL.

In soccer, it's all about skills baby.
Do you read the posts before you start ranting?
 
  • #16


Do you read the posts before you start ranting?
No. :biggrin:

I'll change the post. Pretty immature of me really.
 
  • #17
695
6


Doesn't bother me in the slightest. I was just wondering
 
  • #18
WarPhalange


In soccer, it's all about skills baby.
Acting skills, maybe.

wZavXabGsuA&feature=related[/youtub...do classes, where people fall over on command
 
  • #19


That's pretty funny stuff.

Still, you have to understand at how much energy and will these guys give in order to play 90 minutes of soccer.

Trust me, it is VERY hard.

Still, even the slightest kick in the leg can give way to a guy screaming his head off.
 
  • #20
stewartcs
Science Advisor
2,177
3


Risk of what? Soccer I can somewhat understand, because you get freak accidents where entire legs just explode, but I can't remember the last time something bad happened in basketball*.


*I don't watch basketball or soccer, but whenever I do watch soccer, someone is on the ground crying. When I watch basketball, someone gets pushed on their ***, gets up and starts complaining, but it ends there.
Basketball has plenty of ankle and knee injuries due to the constant change off direction and sometimes awkward landings.

CS
 
  • #21
mgb_phys
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
7,774
12


American Football is as macho as you can get. If you are 6'9, then you got a chance in the NFL.
Is NFL the sport that's like rugby for school girls? :biggrin:
 
  • #22
GCT
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
1,728
0


As some have mentioned here it seems to be mostly about government their payment towards the athletes. How much do players get compensated for winning first in FIFA? Are NBA players compensated for winning championships?

Some have mentioned here the age requirement however this does not explain the absence of some prominent young players in particular countries ; in fact Portugal and Ronaldho are not even enrolled in the soccer olympics.
 
Last edited:
  • #25
cristo
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
8,107
73


in fact Portugal and Ronaldho are not even enrolled in the soccer olympics.
Well, firstly, Cristiano Ronaldo is out with injury at the moment, since he had an operation following the European Championships a couple of months ago. But, even if he were fit, he would not be playing. Why? Because the Olympics are right at the beginning of the coming football season. No manager in their right mind will allow star players out of their pre-season training to go and play in the olympics. Until the Olympics strike up some agreement with FIFA so as managers will have to allow their players out, then it's just not going to happen.
 

Related Threads on $300 for a gold medal and no monetary compensation

Replies
5
Views
6K
Replies
8
Views
2K
Replies
10
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
13
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
984
Replies
2
Views
494
Top