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    Thread: Only in Russia: Putin rewards each olympic medallists with a brand new Audi.

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      08-18-2012 10:36 PM #1
      Link: http://www.auto123.com/en/news/vladi...s?artid=146726

      Russia's president Vladimir Putin awarded brand new Audi cars to all the athletes who won a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

      The 24 gold medallists received an Audi A8 sedan, while the 26 silver medallists took home an A7 hatchback. As for those who won a bronze, they were given a smaller A6 sedan.

      ''On behalf of all Russian supporters, I want to thank you for your performance and our country's success in these Olympics,'' Putin said to the athletes.

      Team Russia finished fourth with 82 medals. Just imagine how much all these Audis cost the president...

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      08-18-2012 10:41 PM #2
      So if I follow the pattern, if you just missed the podium and finished 4th, do you get an A5?

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      08-18-2012 10:44 PM #3
      What if you were disqualified from an event?

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      08-18-2012 10:56 PM #4
      While the Italian do not get Ferraris, I believe they do get something like $180k for winning....

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      08-18-2012 11:00 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by RacingManiac View Post
      While the Italian do not get Ferraris, I believe they do get something like $180k for winning....
      Americans get $25k, after taxes it's a nice Cruze.

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      08-18-2012 11:36 PM #6
      That is on top of the Prize money. Russian Athletes are one of the top paid in the world.

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      The Russian team will be paid more than $5.5 million in prize money for the medals won at the 2012 Olympic Games. Those who won gold will each get $135,000, silver medalists will receive $81,000 and bronze winners will be paid $54,000.
      I beat a Audi R8 away from a light in my Smart this morning, but I'm not sure he was aware it was a race.

    7. 08-19-2012 12:10 AM #7
      And our government taxes our medal winners! USA for the win!


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      08-19-2012 12:15 AM #8
      In the same way that silver is a cooler looking medal/metal than gold, I'd rather have an A7 than an A8.

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      08-19-2012 12:15 AM #9
      Eastern Europeans are like that.

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    10. 08-19-2012 12:17 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by LhW View Post
      And our government taxes our medal winners! USA for the win!
      I believe that there were plans to waive that.

    11. 08-19-2012 01:05 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Aonarch View Post
      Eastern Europeans are like that.

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      08-19-2012 01:11 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Jordan 191 View Post
      In the same way that silver is a cooler looking medal/metal than gold, I'd rather have an A7 than an A8.
      Exactly what I was thinking. Or trade A8 for Q7.

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      08-19-2012 01:28 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by 1Point8TDan View Post
      Exactly what I was thinking. Or trade A8 for Q7.
      Can you make a deal, trade the a7 for a c63 amg?

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      08-19-2012 01:28 AM #14
      Seems fitting.
      The Audis will last about as long as the athletes are Olympic medal material.
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      08-19-2012 04:49 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      Seems fitting.
      The Audis will last about as long as the athletes are Olympic medal material.
      YWOOO - You Win Olympics Only Once?

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      08-19-2012 05:12 AM #16
      Audi must be furious the article used the word "hatchback" for the A7.
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      08-19-2012 09:42 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      Seems fitting.
      The Audis will last about as long as the athletes are Olympic medal material.
      So in the case of Michael Phelps, about a decade?

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      08-19-2012 09:52 AM #18
      Heh what's so special about this athletes get cars all the time and in this case they get to drive them on the worst roads in the world in the most corrupt country in the world ruled by the mafia

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      08-19-2012 10:03 AM #19
      Would purposely try to win silver

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      What, commrade, no Volga?


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      08-19-2012 12:06 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Dizy View Post
      I believe that there were plans to waive that.
      i doubt congress did anything on that before break
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      08-19-2012 12:24 PM #22
      That's actually nice to hear. Good to see a country reward these people.

      Canada meanwhile loses coaches and athletes to various countries, and doesn't produce great athletes because there is little money/incentive in being an athlete here, and you need to hold a day job to pay for your training. Not to mention, the lack of facilities (most of our public stuff is geared purely for money-making, family friendly, fun activities... don't see too many Olympic class poolsopen for Wednesday public lane-swim.

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      08-19-2012 12:32 PM #23
      wonder if they also issued a personal firearm so the athletes in question can lean out the window and theaten to shoot another motorost that isn't letting them in.....

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      08-19-2012 12:41 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by warren_s View Post
      wonder if they also issued a personal firearm so the athletes in question can lean out the window and theaten to shoot another motorost that isn't letting them in.....
      I see that.....

      Bronze and you get an A6, eh? Not too shabby.
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      08-19-2012 01:14 PM #26
      Does multiple golds mean R8 V10?

    27. 08-19-2012 03:04 PM #27
      i guess the 12 men who won bronze in basketball have to squeeze in one A6, while that Russian gymnastics diva gets at least one of each. wait the whole team has to fit in the A7, not too hard, while she gets 2 A6s.

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      08-19-2012 11:19 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by hugoaswho View Post
      Heh what's so special about this athletes get cars all the time and in this case they get to drive them on the worst roads in the world in the most corrupt country in the world ruled by the mafia
      You didn't just say Russia is the most corrupt country in the world. Unless "ruled by the mafia" was your qualifier in that sentence structure.

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      08-20-2012 12:10 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Live-Wire View Post
      That's actually nice to hear. Good to see a country reward these people.

      Canada meanwhile loses coaches and athletes to various countries, and doesn't produce great athletes because there is little money/incentive in being an athlete here, and you need to hold a day job to pay for your training. Not to mention, the lack of facilities (most of our public stuff is geared purely for money-making, family friendly, fun activities... don't see too many Olympic class poolsopen for Wednesday public lane-swim.
      Agreed. It's pathetic.

      Golden girl Rosannagh MacLennan will receive $20,000 in prize money from the Canadian Olympic Committee’s (COC) Athlete Excellence Fund (AEF). The four silver medallists get $15,000 each and the eight bronze medallists, $10,000.

      For the first time, coaches also get prize money: $10,000 for a gold, $7,500 for a silver and $5,000 for a bronze.

    30. 08-20-2012 07:19 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by LhW View Post
      And our government taxes our medal winners! USA for the win!
      Currency and medals. Uncle sam wouldn't have it any other way.

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      08-20-2012 07:25 AM #31
      You win under the Olympic rings, you win some Audi rings. CLOSE ENOUGH.

      Seriously though that's pretty great for them. I'd trade the A7 for the A6 though.

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      08-20-2012 07:39 AM #32
      All the dutch olympic athletes get a 4 year lease on a VW UP! you don't have to win anything though.



      also, TAXpayers don't have to deal with this BS... VW offers the cars.
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      08-20-2012 08:42 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by warren_s View Post
      So in the case of Michael Phelps, about a decade?
      Phelps is Russian?
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      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      Phelps is Russian?
      Damn.
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      08-20-2012 09:43 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by konkomania View Post
      What if you were disqualified from an event?
      Then you are forced to drive TWO A7s
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