the prizes are medals the prizes are medals
they get it as a prize for winning the olympics.
They got medals.
In the modern Olympics top winner received olive branches and silver medals. Second place winners received bronze medals and third place winners received no prize.
The athletes are unpaid, minus the prize money they receive for winning medals. Outside of the Olympics the various athletes' professional annual salaries sum to over $9.
Athletes are not given prize money for winning gold, silver or bronze etc. at an event.
what is the prize for 2nd in the acient Olympics games
In the ancient Olympics the prize was a laurel wreath which was worn on the head. In other words some twigs from a nearby tree - the athletes competed to see who was best and not for a monetary reward. In the modern Olympics the awards are medals: Gold for the winner, Silver for the person or team who came second and a Bronze for third position.