Oh it's a hard scambling life being an Olympic athlete. Or most of them anyway. Either they dip into savings, beg from Mom and Pops - a corporate sponsor or two helps as well - or work to get some of that government Own the Podium or Excellence money that became available for the Olympics.
But if they were lucky enough to win a medal - and those 26 medals for Canada translated into 88 individual winners - the Canadian Olympic Committee was passing out the cash. A total of $1.61 million dollars this year to our athletic heroes who made the podium. That compares with just over half a million given out to athletes at the Beijing Summer Games.
Mind you, not every Olympic athlete needed the cash. Take the men's hockey team - which if they were an NHL team have contracts that would exceed the league's salary cap by about $67 million. U.S. dollars too, if you're counting.
What to do, what to do with the dough the COC was passing out? That's a question to take to the streets. What do you think? Olympic Green