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U.S. Paralympians to Be Paid As Much as U.S. Olympians For the First Time

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While COVID-19 poses a major threat to disabled athletes who will compete at the Paralympics, there is one piece of good news: Their bonuses will now be the same as Olympians.

The board of directors for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) voted to increase the payout for all athletes at the Olympics and Paralympics to $37,500 for each gold medal earned at the Games, $22,500 for silver, and $15,000 for bronze.

This move is retroactive, and American Paralympians will be awarded for their work at the 2018 Winter Paralympics. “U.S. Paralympians won 36 medals in South Korea and garnered more than $1.2 million in bonuses,” USOPC wrote in their 2018 report.

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