5 fun financial facts about the Olympics

How Much Is an Olympic Gold Medal Worth?

1. The 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles are the only Summer Games so far to make a profit: $223 million. The Games were financed by corporate contributions instead of public tax dollars, and mainly used existing venues instead of building new stadiums.

2. A 500-gram gold medal is mainly silver and only 1% actual gold. If melted down, it would be worth about $500 at current metal prices; a silver medal would be worth less than $300, and a bronze medal less than $2.50.

3. The Team USA store is making money old school: the most expensive items are Michael Jordan autographed 1992 jerseys ($2,500) and a Mia Hamm autographed 1999 World Cup Soccer team photo ($1,500). Among the cheapest: a 99-cent USA Field Hockey 2012 Calendar!

4. The original budget for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was $12 billion. The Games ended up costing $50 billion, becoming the most expensive Olympic event ever, possibly more than the combined total of all the previous Winter Olympics.

5. The U.S. Olympic Committee awards U.S. athletes a gold medal bonus of $25,000, while native gold medal winners get $510,000 from Azerbaijan, $250,000 from Kazakhstan, and $0 from the UK and Norway. In 2012, a Malaysian mine owner offered a 12.5kg (27.5 lb.) gold bar then worth more than $600,000 to any badminton player who won gold for his country. Malaysian Lee Chong Wei lost in the finals to take the silver.

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Gymnastics: Women's artistic team

Gold: Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas (L-R)

(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Gymnastics: Women's artistic floor

Gold: Simone Biles

(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Gymnastics: Women's balance beam

Silver: Lauren Hernandez

(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Gymnastics: Men's parallel bars

Silver: Danell Leyva

(Photo credit  TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

Gymnastics: Women's uneven bars

Silver: Madison Kocian

(Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

Gymnastics: Men's horizontal bar

Silver: Danell Leyva

(REUTERS/Ruben Sprich)

Gymnastics: Women's artistic individual all-around

Silver: Aly Raisman

(Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Gymnastics: Men's pommel horse

Bronze: Alexander Naddour

(Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Track and Field: Men's decathlon

Gold: Ashton Eaton

(Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Women's 100m hurdles

Gold: Brianna Rollins

(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Women's 400m hurdles

Gold: Dalilah Muhammad

(Photo by William Volcov/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Men's 400m hurdles

Gold: Kerron Clement

(Photo credit PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Men's long jump

Gold: Jeff Henderson

(Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Men's shot put

Gold: Ryan Crouser

(Photo credit FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Men's triple jump

Gold: Christian Taylor

(Photo credit FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Women's long jump

Gold: Tianna Bartoletta

(Photo credit FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Women's long jump

Silver: Brittney Reese

(Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)

Track and Field: Women's 100m hurdles

Silver: Nia Ali

(Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Men's 100m

Silver: Justin Gatlin

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Men's 3000m steeplechase

Silver: Evan Jager

(Photo credit OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Men's shot put

Silver: Joe Kovacs

(Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Women's 100m

Silver: Tori Bowie

(REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Track and Field: Women's 100m hurdles

Bronze: Kristi Castlin (Center)

(Photo credit PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Women's 400m hurdles

Bronze: Ashley Spencer

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Women's 3000m steeplechase

Bronze: Emma Coburn

(Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Women's 200m

Bronze: Tori Bowie

(Photo credit PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Women's 1500m

Bronze: Jennifer Simpson

(Photo credit FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Men's pole vault

Bronze: Sam Kendricks

(Photo credit FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Track and Field: Men's 400m

Bronze: Lashawn Merritt

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Women's beach volleyball

Bronze: Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross

(Photo credit YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tennis: Mixed doubles

Gold: Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock

(Photo credit LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tennis: Mixed doubles

Silver: Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram

(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tennis: Men's doubles

Bronze: Steve Johnson and Jack Sock

(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Swimming: Men's 4x100m medley relay

Gold: Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian
(Not pictured: David Plummer, Kevin Cordes, Tom Shields, Caeleb Dressel)

(Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Swimming: Women's 800m freestyle

Gold: Katie Ledecky

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Swimming: Men's 50m freestyle

Gold: Anthony Ervin 

(Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Swimming: Men's 200m backstroke

Gold: Ryan Murphy

(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Swimming: Men's 200m butterfly

Gold: Michael Phelps

(Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Swimming: Women's 200m freestyle

Gold: Katie Ledecky

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Swimming: Men's 4x100m freestyle relay

Gold: Nathan Adrian, Ryan Held, Michael Phelps and Caeleb Dressell
(Not pictured: Jimmy Feigen, Blake Pieroni, Anthony Ervin)

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Swimming: Women's 4x200m freestyle relay

Gold: Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Maya Dirado, Katie Ledecky (L-R)
(Not pictured: Missy Franklin, Melanie Margalis, Cierra Runge)

(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Swimming: Women's 100m breaststroke

Gold: Lilly King

(Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Swimming: Men's 4x200m freestyle relay

Gold: Michael Phelps, Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas, Ryan Lochte
(Not pictured: Clark Smith, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz)

Swimming: Men's 100m butterfly

Silver: Michael Phelps

(Photo credit GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Swimming: Women's 50m freestyle

Silver: Simone Manuel

(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Swimming: Men's 1500m freestyle

Silver: Connor Jaeger

(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Swimming: Women's 4x100m freestyle relay

Silver: Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer and Katie Ledecky
(Not pictured: Amanda Weir, Lia Neal, Allison Schmitt)

(Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Swimming: Women's 100m backstroke

Silver: Kathleen Baker

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Swimming: Men's 400m individual medley

Silver: Chase Kalisz

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Swimming: Women's 400m individual medley

Silver: Maya Dirado

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Swimming: Men's 200m breaststroke

Silver: Josh Prenot

(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Swimming: Women's 400m freestyle

Bronze: Leah Smith 

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Swimming: Women's 100m butterfly

Bronze: Dana Vollmer

(Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

Swimming: Men's 50m freestyle

Bronze: Nathan Adrian

(REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)

Swimming: Men's 100m breaststroke

Bronze: Cody Miller

(Photo credit Cristophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)

Swimming: Women's 100m breaststroke

Bronze: Katie Meili

(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Swimming: Men's 100m freestyle

Bronze: Nathan Adrian

(Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Swimming: Men's 100m backstroke

Bronze: David Plummer

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Swimming: Men's 200m freestyle

Bronze: Conor Dwyer 

(Photo credit GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Rowing: Women's eight

Gold: Emily Regan, Kerry Simmonds, Amanda Polk, Lauren Schmetterling, Tessa Gobbo, Meghan Musnicki, Eleanor Logan, Amanda Elmore, Katelin Snyder

(Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Rowing: Women's single sculls

Silver: Genevra Stone

(Photo credit JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

Diving: Men's synchronized 10m platform

Silver: David Boudia and Steele Johnson

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Shooting: Women's 10m air rifle

Gold: Virginia Thrasher

(Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Shooting: Women's trap

Bronze: Corey Cogdell

(Photo credit Marwan Naamani, AFP/GettyImages)

Shooting: Women's skeet

Bronze: Kim Rhode

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Archery: Men's team

Silver: Brady Ellison, Zach Garrett and Jake Kaminski

(Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Archery: Men's individual

Bronze: Brady Ellison

(Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Fencing: Men's sabre individual

Silver: Daryl Homer

(Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

Fencing: Men's individual foil

Silver: Alexander Massialas

(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Fencing: Men's team foil

Bronze: Miles Chamley-Watson, Race Imboden, Alexander Massialas, Gerek Meinhardt

(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Track cycling: Women's team pursuit

Silver: Sarah Hammer, Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert, Jennifer Valente

(Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Track cycling: Women's omnium

Silver: Sarah Hammer

(Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Judo: Women's -78kg

Gold: Kayla Harrison

(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Judo: Men's -81kg 

Silver: Travis Stevens

(Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

Wrestling: Women's 53kg

Gold: Helen Maroulis

(Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)

Equestrian: Men's individual jumping

Bronze: Phillip Dutton, on Mighty Nice

(Photo credit John MacDougall, AFP/Getty Images)

Golf: Men's

Bronze: Matt Kuchar

(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Weightlifting: Women's +75kg

Bronze: Sarah Elizabeth Robles

(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Sailing: Men's finn class

Bronze: Caleb Paine

(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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