World-class wrestlers get a raise

World and Olympic champions over the next four years are getting a nice bump in pay under a new fund established by USA Wrestling.

Gold, silver and bronze medal finishes at this year’s World Championships in Herning, Denmark, the 2010 and 2011 Worlds and the 2012 Olympic Games in London are eligible.

For the World Championships, it will be $50,000 for a gold medal up from $15,000. Silver medalists will get $25,000 and bronze medalists $15,000.

For the Olympics, a gold medal winner will earn a whopping $250,000, silver will get $50,000 and bronze $25,000.

Fund organizers are asking members of the wrestling community to pitch in and help maintain the fund. Donations of $5 to $5,000 are sought from supporters who would like to show their appreciation for these athletes.

To donate:

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