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Monday, February 25, 2002
Operation Gold proves costly to USOC

By Darren Rovell

The largest U.S. Winter Olympic medal haul in history has led to the largest Winter Olympic payout in U.S. Olympic Committee history.

U.S. Bonus Breakdown
11 individual gold $275,000
14 individual silver $210,000
23 men's hockey silver $345,000
20 women's hockey silver $300,000
14 individual bronze $140,000
The USOC will pay American athletes a combined $1.27 million in bonuses for their record-setting 82 Winter Olympic medals.

The USOC's Operation Gold program will award $25,000 for each gold, $15,000 for each silver and $10,000 for each bronze. The 2000 Games in Sydney produced the largest Summer Games payout, with the USOC dishing out $2.965 million -- $15,000 for gold, 10,000 for silver and $7,500 for bronze.

Although the U.S. finished second in the medal count for these games with 34 (one behind medal-leader Germany), each of the 23 men's and 20 women's U.S. hockey players will be entitled to $15,000 bonuses for their silver medals.

U.S. Speedskaters Apolo Anton Ohno and Derek Parra received the largest bonuses. The only dual medalists to win a gold and a silver, each received $40,000. Bode Miller will receive $30,000 for his two silvers. No other athlete will collect more than $25,000 from the USOC.

Darren Rovell covers sports business for He can be reached at