Russian medalists at the recently concluded Sochi Winter Olympics are being rewarded quite handsomely for their service to the Motherland. In addition to the $120,000 being handed out for each gold medal, the $76,000 being awarded for slivers and $52,000 given to bronze winners, now word has come out that each of Russia's medalists will be gifted a new Mercedes-Benz.

As with the prize amounts, the type of Mercedes offered was based on what sort of medal was won. Gold medalists got a new GL-Class, silver medalists were given an ML and bronze medalists were treated to a GLK. As prices for Mercedes are higher in Russia, the cheapest model, the GLK, was the equivalent of $59,500, according to The Moscow Times. The cars were handed out by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, pictured above with figure skating medalist Julia Lipnitskaia.

"I was a bit shocked at the car I was given," Anton Shipulin, a member of the gold-medal biathlon relay team, told RIA-Novosti. "Of course I knew what kind of model it would be, but I didn't totally believe it." For athletes not old enough to drive, like 15-year-old Lipnitskaia, their Mercedes will come complete with a driver.

In total, the Russian Olympians Foundation handed out 45 cars for the 13 golds, 11 silvers and 9 bronze medals won by Team Russia.

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      Why a Mercedes!? Give them a lada! Ladas are awesome and run forever.
      Echelon Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmm... that would have been expensive had the hockey team won gold.
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      Russia gives its Olympic medalists new Mercedes........obligatory dash cams included.
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        The Russians are so nice they install two dash cams, one to watch the traffic and the other to monitor the driver...
      to your email L
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      Ya mean they didn't get a GAZ Volga or Chaika or ZIL 41047??
      Love Great Danes
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      wonder if Russia has same tax structure where all the athletes will be taxed on their winings and car over 40% like the US....
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      They come with dash cams too?
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      Soldiers got a visit to Ukraine too!
      Joe Liebig
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      So the mediocre result of the German olympic team is simply a subsidy to Mercedes? And I thought Audi sponsored the German team.
      • 1 Year Ago
      .....and in America we're giving out certificate of taxation for each of our medal winners.
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      How about a career as training, coaching or management staff at national sporting institutions? That has more long-term value than some wheels.
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      The judges and referees will get Bentley's.
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      After $51 billion, these bonuses are chump change.
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