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Some countries are paying athletes a lot of money for gold medals at the Rio Olympics

By Jacob Templin

Winning an Olympic gold medal can mean triumph, national pride, self-fulfillment and the reward for a life of sacrifice.

Often, it also means cold, hard cash.

Check out the video above to see what countries are promising the biggest payouts (among other incentives) for gold medals won in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.