Kevin Durant is highest paid athlete in Olympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Kevin Durant can count one Olympic title before the Rio Games begin – he’s the highest paid athlete competing in Rio

The NBA superstar topped a list from Forbes released Wednesday of the athletes with the most earnings between June 2015 and June 2016. Durant earned $56.2 million during that period. He played for Oklahoma City last season, then signed with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent this offseason.

The list tallied both total earnings and salary or prize money.

Three of the top five athletes on the list are tennis players: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori. Durant is one of four basketball players in the top 10, including Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving and Paul George.

Usain Bolt, at No. 6 with $32.5 million, is the only athlete in the top 10 known mainly for Olympic accomplishments.The Opening Ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. CST on Friday on KXAN!

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