Based on 2007--08
salaries, that would be Kidd, who earned $19.728 million, just ahead of the
$19.491 million taken home by Kobe Bryant. By contrast, a typical athlete at
the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs receives free room and
board and a monthly stipend between $1,000 and $3,000.
The USOC will pay
athletes bonuses of $25,000 for every gold medal they win, $15,000 for every
silver and $10,000 for every bronze.
The colleges with
the most team members (current students or alums) are Stanford (31), UCLA (19),
USC (19), Texas (17), Cal (14) and North Carolina (13).
judo. At the 1992 Barcelona Games, Gotay, then 18, became seriously ill (she
thinks from cutting weight for the 106-pound class) and couldn't compete.
Plagued by medical problems for two years, she retired. She has since married,
had two daughters, separated and returned to judo, building a gym in her barn
in Harlingen, Texas. In June she made her second Olympic team—16 years after
her first—at 125 pounds.
archery team has a five-time Olympian (Butch Johnson), a four-time Olympian
(Khatuna Lorig), a three-time Olympian (Vic Wunderle), a two-time Olympian
(Jennifer Nichols) and a first-time Olympian (Brady Ellison).