Olympic athletes have been cemented in culture as being among the most admired worldwide due to a long-standing tradition of competition, good sportsmanship, and nationalistic pride. But one area they certainly can't be credited with is making a ton of money from their winnings.
Medalists in the US earn $25,000 for Gold, $15,000 for Silver, and $10,000 for bronze before taxes - but we all know that this is a relative pittance compared to the money players in many titles across esports make.
Let's see what some of the largest prize pools that American players have won in esports - note that in team games, this is just their cut, and that these are all figures for single events. Over the course of their careers, they've made much more than all but the best Olympic athletes in many cases - like Michael Phelps, who has made $685,000 over the course of his 28 Olympic medals.
Dota 2: Peter 'ppd' Dager $1,326,932 for The International 2015. (Even more impressive, David 'Moo' Hull made $684,276 for second this year - almost as much as Phelps' whole career.)
Halo: Tony 'Lethul' Campbell $250,000 at the Halo World Championships 2016.
Call of Duty: Ian 'Crimsix' Porter $100,000 at the Call of Duty Championship in 2014.
Smite: Roasario 'Jeffhindla' Villardi $261,226 at the Season One Smite World Championship in 2015.
Mortal Kombat X: Dominique 'SonicFox' McClean, $75,000 at the MKX Pro League Season 3 Finals in 2016.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: Spencer 'Hiko' Martin $30,000 for 2nd at ESL One Cologne
A large portion of US Olympian's income comes from sponsorships, but their prize winnings pale in comparison. In most cases, they are also not paid a salary, while esports athletes are.