There are plenty of cash carrots (and at least one stick) being offered to athletes who win medals at the Beijing Olympics. Julien Dionne has a thought-provoking post up, addressing pay for performance Olympic style, today at his LeapComp blog.
A number of countries, including the United States and - for the first time - Canada, pay sizeable cash incentive to athletes who bring home Olympic medals.
Julien shares a representative list of cash-for-medals practices, and poses some great questions, including:
Are these incentives necessary?
Do they really motivate athletes to perform better?
Could the countries seeking to improve their Olympic performance spend this money in other, more effective ways?
What do you think?