Two-time Paralympic medalist Andrew Kurka of Anchorage just got a big retroactive pay raise.
The U.S. Olympic Committee on Friday voted to raise the payments to Paralympic medal-winners so the rewards match those given to Olympic medal-winners. The decision will apply retroactively to this year's Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
For Kurka, a sit-skier who won gold and silver in March, that means an extra $47,250 in prize money.
Prior to Friday's decision, Americans who won Paralympic medals received $7,500 for gold, $5,250 for silver and $3,750 for bronze.
Now they'll be rewarded at the same level as Olympic athletes — $37,500 for gold, $22,500 for silver and $15,000 for bronze.
Before the change, Kurka's two medals — gold in the downhill, silver in the super-G — were worth $12,750. Now they're worth $60,000, an increase of $47,250.
"Our financial investment in U.S. Paralympics and the athletes we serve is at an all-time high, but this was one area where a discrepancy existed in our funding model that we felt needed to change," USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said in a press release from the USOC.
Kurka's medals were among 36 earned by Americans in Pyeongchang. According to the USOC, Friday's decision means more than $1.2 million will be distributed to medal winners.