”This Is Infuriating”: US Legend Reacts to the Shocking Difference Between Olympians and Paralympians Pay

Published 03/13/2022, 9:30 AM EDT
Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Para Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s Sprint Sitting Final – National Biathlon Centre, Zhangjiakou, China – March 9, 2022. Taras Rad of Ukraine and Wang Tao of China in action. REUTERS/Issei Kato

There is no doubt that Olympians and Paralympians are equally talented. Athletes put in an immense amount of hard work to reach the big games. There, they compete with hundreds of others who are equally talented. Their aim was to get one podium finish.

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However, a significant difference in the pay between the Olympians and Paralympians has left bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor infuriated. Turns out, there is a shocking amount of difference between the money that the Olympians will receive and the money that the Paralympians will receive.

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However, this is not all over the world, but only in one particular country.

Paralympian bonus leaves bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor frustrated

As far as reports go, Paralympians and Olympians receive the same bonus all over the world. After winning medals, the athletes are given an amount of bonus by the government. While there was a difference between the pay, currently most states have come up to give both the athletes the same bonus amount. This makes sure that the state does not consider any difference between the Paralympic and Olympic athletes.

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However, the same is not the case with Canada. Reports have emerged that while Canadian Olympic medalists will receive a whopping amount of $20,000 for gold, the Paralympic athletes will receive absolutely nothing. Not only that, the Olympic silver and bronze medalists will also get huge amounts of $15,000 and $10,000 respectively.

 

US bobsledding legend Elana Meyers Taylor has noticed this shocking difference. Taylor won two medals at the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. She took Twitter to express her disappointment.

She enquired “what possible explanation” the government could have for this unfair difference. Previously, the same difference was also present in Australia. However, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has removed this difference. Both Olympians and Paralympians are now paid equally in Australia.

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Fans have also come out to support Canadian Paralympians. They demand that all athletes get the same treatment because all of them work equally hard.

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“That is not ok. They should have the same treatment as the athletes in the Olympics,” tweeted a user. The user also pointed out how the Paralympics has less coverage than the Olympics. This is also an issue that needs to be looked into.

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Now it remains to be seen whether Canada brings a change into its bonus policy. Supporters have taken to Twitter already to make people aware of this situation.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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