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The USOC has paid prize money to its winning Olympians since 1984, this year giving out $25,000 to gold medal winners, $15,000 to those who take home a silver and $10,000 for a bronze. Some of the richer U.S. sport federations give additional prize money to their winners as well.
According to a French site, the French gold medalists get 150,000 Euro, silver get 20,000 Euro and bronze get 13,000.
Some country payed a million for each gold won, it was a one off for some country, a bonus to winning.
That's something I heard years ago, in a previous Olympics, I don't have a source sorry.