What do different countries pay Olympians? - Window to the Winter Games

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Unless you’re a huge name like Shaun White, there's no guarantee being an Olympic athlete is particularly lucrative. In fact, according to CNN, some Olympians live below the poverty line.

But being an Olympic athlete with a medal is a different story. Many countries pay competitors six-figure bonuses for bringing home the gold. Check out what Olympians from all the over the world earn for winning a medal. -- Danielle Tarasiuk

The team from Kazakhstan enters Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Chuck Myers/MCT)
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The team from Kazakhstan enters Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Chuck Myers/MCT)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Biathlete Indrek Tobreluts of the Estonia Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Biathlete Indrek Tobreluts of the Estonia Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
2014 Winter Olympics: View of Team Russia entering parade of nations during opening ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Adler, Russia 2/7/2014 CREDIT: Al Tielemans (Photo by Al Tielemans /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
2014 Winter Olympics: View of Team Russia entering parade of nations during opening ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Adler, Russia 2/7/2014 CREDIT: Al Tielemans (Photo by Al Tielemans /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
2014 Winter Olympics: View of Team Russia entering parade of nations during opening ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Adler, Russia 2/7/2014 CREDIT: Al Tielemans (Photo by Al Tielemans /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Ski jumper Simon Ammann of the Switzerland Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Ski jumper Simon Ammann of the Switzerland Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Canada's flag bearer, ice hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser leads her national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Canada's flag bearer, ice hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser leads her national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Canada's flag bearer, ice hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser leads her national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli of Malaysia celebrates winning bronze in the Men's Shot Put F20 Final on day 9 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli of Malaysia celebrates winning bronze in the Men's Shot Put F20 Final on day 9 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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