Phelps could have won 31,000 gold coins if he had swum for Turkey
US swimmer Michael Phelps, who won eight gold medals in the Beijing Olympics -- a historic achievement, could have earned himself, his club and his coach 31,000 "republic" gold coins ($5.7 million) because Turkish regulations call for rewarding sportsmen representing Turkey who earn awards in international competitions, all this if he had swum representing Turkey. . . .
. . . A gold medal winner gets 2,000 gold coins while a record-breaking sportsman gets 1,000 coins. Thus, if he were a Turkish swimmer, Phelps, who broke seven world records and one Olympic record, would have won 22,750 "republic" gold coins -- roughly $4.2 million. Additionally, his club and coach would have been paid 8,250 gold coins (about $1.5 million). . . .
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