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Track and field Olympians - How much money Olympic athletes really makeTrack and field Olympians

If you're a track and field star, you're likely making peanuts, unless you're Usain Bolt. The record-breaking Olympian from Jamaica earned $20.3 million in prize money and bonuses between July 2015 and July 2016, according to Forbes.

Not all lightning fast runners are so lucky. In July 2016, two-time Olympian runner Nick Symmonds told the International Business Times, "I know Olympic medalists who live below the poverty line." According to a 2012 report from the Track and Field Athletes Association (via CNN Money), 50 percent of its athletes who rank in the top 10 in the United States in their event made less than $15,000 annually off the sport, including sponsorship, grants, and prize money.

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