The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang come to a close on Sunday. Viewers can watch the produced broadcast of the closing ceremony on NBC at 8 p. Over the past two weeks, hundreds of medals have been awarded to athletes from all over the world. Some of the winners are also bringing home a cash bonus. The International Olympic Committee doesn't give prize money, but many countries reward their medalists with a bonus.
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Of the 26 Summer Olympics since , this will be the third in London - the only city ever to have three games. And in that time, 29, medals have been awarded - and splits roughly, but not equally, in three ways into Gold, Silver and Bronze. In fact, the first two Olympiads awarded silver medals and an olive wreath for the winner. The IOC retrospectively awarded gold, bronze and silver to athletes based on their rankings. Of those thousands of medals, the big winner has been the US - a trend that has continued. As some of you spotted, these totals are for medal winners - not winning events. If a team has five members, that counts as six medals five individuals and one team win.
1964 Summer Olympics
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At the first Olympic Games of the modern era in Athens in , the winner was crowned with an olive wreath and received a silver medal. James B. Connolly of Massachusetts was the first modern Olympic champion to be rewarded thus.