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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 10:28 AM
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It has always been a criticism of the US that we don't pay our athletes like other countries do. A lot of countries provide their Olympic athletes with coaches, places to train, and a pretty modest income but pay big rewards if they win. In the US you actually get taxed if you win. They joked about the fact that if Phelps won 8 medals he would only take home cash from 5 of them. Granted he had sponsorships.
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