Olympic Gold Medalists: Life After The Games

Published on 02/10/2020
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The athletes who take home medals from the Olympics never cease to amaze us. The sheer skill and discipline one has to have in order to reach such a level is incredible. There’s no doubt that those who’ve made it to the top have earned it with all their hard work. However, what happens once they’re done? When they go back home after they’ve won? We wanted to take a look at these athletes’ lives outside the Olympics. Read on to find out more about the most famous Olympians!

Mia Hamm

Mia Hamm is unquestionably the face of U.S. women’s soccer and arguably globally. She first won gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and took home a second gold in at the 2004 Olympic Games Athens. Hamm has left the game but has earned a spot on the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Hall of Fame, and the National Soccer Hall of Fame. She even became the first female inductee on the World Football Hall of Fame. Further, the American icon tied the knot with former Red Sox player Nomar Garciaparra in 2003 and currently co-owns the MLS club LAFC.

Mia Hamm

Mia Hamm

Matt Biondi

An outstanding swimmer throughout the ‘80s and early ’90s, Biondi has impressively won eight gold medals. At one point, he held five world records but he took home his first gold from the 1984 Los Angeles Games. At the 1988 Seoul Games, Biondi won five golds and earned two more at the ’92 Games in Barcelona. The butterfly and freestyle specialist is currently the swim and dive team head coach at the Sierra Canyon.

 

Matt Biondi

Matt Biondi

Usain Bolt

The greatest sprinter in history, Usain is a human lightning bolt. He holds the world record in the 4×100 meters relay, 100 m (9.58), and 200 m (19.19). Bolt took home the gold in the 100 m and in 200 m for three consecutive Summer Games, and at the 2012 and 2016 Games, he added two more in the 4×100 relay. After he competed in the 2017 World Athletics Championships, he attempted to play soccer professionally but following a short eight-week stint playing for the Cenral Coast Mariners of the A-League in Australia in late 2018, he left the club and made an announcement that his athletic career was over. Currently, he is working with Bolt Mobility, which is an electric scooter company that he co-founded in 2018.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

Apolo Ohno

Ohno, also known as the king of the Winter Olympics in the U.S., is an eight-time medalist. In 2002, he burst onto the scene by taking part in the short track speed skating event and winning a gold medal in the 1500 m. Ohno also managed to conquer and capture his second gold in the 500 m speed skate at the 2006 Turin Games. Since retiring from competition, he has been a commentator for the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics coverage and has appeared on the TV show Dancing with the Stars in 2007, where he won the competition together with his pro partner, Julianne Hough. For an All-Star edition of the show, Ohno returned and finished in 5th place.

Apolo Ohno

Apolo Ohno

Mary Lou Retton

In the summer of 1984, Retton made Olympic history when she became the first woman in the U.S. to take home an all-around gold in gymnastics. At the Los Angeles Games, Retton captured two silver medals and two bronzes, but never won another gold. In 1997, the superstar earned a spot on the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame and in 2004, she was even on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton

Missy Franklin

In 2012, Missy Franklin turned into a worldwide phenom at 17 years old. She burst into the scene at the London Games, winning four golds, in the 100 and 200 m backstroke, 4×100 m medley, and 4×200 m freestyle. Franklin dominated the World Championships in 2013 and 2015, and then she returned to the Olympics in 2016 and captured her fifth gold overall courtesy of her team winning the 4×200 m freestyle. Franklin retired from swimming in December 2018 and we are pretty sure swimming fans were quite disappointed.

Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin

Caitlyn Jenner

Thanks to Bruce Jenner’s gold medal victory at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, he was deemed the greatest athlete in the world. Jenner’s athletic feat in the men’s decathlon led to fame and fortune. He famously got hitched to Kris Jenner and they have two really popular daughters — Kendall and Kylie. Bruce Jenner stayed in the public eye and has been on the popular reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians together with his family. In April of 2015, he came out publicly as a trans woman and revealed to the public her new name, Caitlyn Jenner, a few months later. For two years, she starred on I Am Cait, her very own show, and on April 25, 2017, released a memoir titled, “The Secrets of My Life”.

Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner

Bjørn Dæhlie

The Norwegian icon Bjørn Dæhlie has flourished after his skiing career. A dominant force in the sport of cross-country skiing, Dæhlie took home eight gold medals from 1992 to 1998. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire not long before the 2002 Olympics because of a terrible roller skiing accident. Nevertheless, Dæhlie has had a great life post-skiing, having found success in both fashion and real estate. His real estate ventures have earned him a fortune of more than half a billion kroner, according to estimates.

Bjørn Dæhlie

Bjørn Dæhlie

Sawao Kato

The younger generation might not know Kato, but they should since he won an amazing 12 Olympic medals throughout his career. He was part of the historic men’s gymnastics team from Japan in the late ‘60s and early ’70s. He claimed back-to-back-to-back gold in the team competition (1968-1976), won all-around gold in 1968 and 1972, captured a gold medal for his 1968 floor routine, and took home back-to-back gold in the parallel bar event (1972-1976). Kato is one of only ten athletes who have won at least eight gold medals. His legendary accomplishments have earned him a spot on the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 2001. Kato is now 72 years old and a University of Tsukuba professor emeritus in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Sawao Kato

Sawao Kato

Larisa Latynina

With nine gold medals, Larisa Latynina is currently the leader in gymnastics (hey, Simone Biles) and one of the greatest athletes to ever compete at the Olympics. For a staggering 52 years, she held the record for the most individual medals in Olympic history (she captured a total of 14). After Latynina stepped away from competing, she became the coach of the Soviet women’s gymnastics team, who won gold at the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games. A pioneer in the sport, the 84-year-old is credited with spearheading the gymnastic prominence of the Soviet Union. Latynina now leads a quiet life near Semyonov in Russia.

Larisa Latynina

Larisa Latynina

Kobe Bryant

Who doesn’t know Kobe Bryant? The iconic Laker has the distinction of being a 5-time NBA Champion and the third all-time leading scorer, among others, but two of probably his most important accomplishments in his career are the pair of gold medals that he won at the 2008 and 2012 Games. Bryant led the U.S. men’s basketball team to victory at a time when the program was floundering. After Bryant retired in 2016, he has founded Kobe Inc., won an Oscar, published the book “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play”, and partnered up to create a massive training facility for all ages called the Mamba Sports Academy.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

McKayla Maroney

Former gymnast McKayla Maroney competed as one of the popular Fierce Five at the 2012 London Olympics and became an overnight sensation thanks to the “not impressed” expression she had when she received a silver medal. She may have come up short in the vault, but Maroney still won a team gold together with the Fierce Five. She continued competing for another year but she suffered several injuries which led to her retirement. The Arthur Ashe Courage Award was given to Maroney at the 2018 ESPY Awards for her brave choice of fighting against the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, and the disgraced and despicable former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. With a passion for music, Maroney has been working on releasing her own single.

McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney

Dana Vollmer

New York native Dana Vollmer was an absolutely sensational Olympic swimmer. She debuted in Athens at the 2004 Games and her team dominated the 4×200 m freestyle relay, won gold, and set a world record. Vollmer missed out on the 2008 Games, but was better than ever during her return in 2012. Vollmer captured another gold medal in the 4×200 freestyle relay, and added a gold in the 100 m butterfly and 4×100 m medley — setting another World Record. After winning one more gold (4×100) in 2016 in Rio, Vollmer announced in 2019 that she was retiring and will be focusing on her family and being an ambassador for the “Go Red for Women” program of the American Heart Association.

Dana Vollmer

Dana Vollmer

Kurt Angle

Before people knew Angle as one of the all-time greats in professional wrestling, he first established himself as a legend in freestyle wrestling. After Angle won two NCAA Championships and took home a World Championship, he entered the 1996 Atlanta Olympics with a broken neck but overcame the serious injury and went on to win gold in the heavyweight class. In the twenty plus years that have followed, Angle has become known all over the world thanks to his accomplishments in WWE. He retired from the in-ring action after WrestleMania 35, but continues to be part of the company. Now, Angle has a spot on the WWE Hall of Fame and the International Sports Hall of Fame.

Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle

Ryan Lochte

Lochte is definitely one of the legendary swimmers of all time, yet his greatness in the water can get overshadowed by his actions out of the pool. Lochte has claimed six gold medals, holds four world records and is currently aspiring to return to the Olympics in 2020. However, it was only recently that the 35-year-old got back to the pool after he served a 14-month suspension that was imposed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for having gotten an illegal IV infusion. He joined Celebrity Big Brother in January 2019 and finished in 10th place.

Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte

Nadia Comaneci

Comaneci is arguably a name that always comes up in discussions on gymnastics. The insanely popular Romanian became a legend after her performance at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, where she got a perfect 10.0 (becoming the first gymnast ever to accomplish the feat), had seven total perfect 10.0’s, and won three gold medals. At the 1980 Games in Moscow, Comaneci claimed two more golds. She defected from Romania in the year 1989, became an American citizen, and married fellow Olympic gold medal gymnast Bart Conner, who is an American. Comaneci works with several charities and has active involvement in the Special Olympics.

Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci

Amanda Beard

Newport Beach native Amanda Beard has enjoyed a successful career in sport and modeling. She made her Olympic debut in Atlanta in 1996 — at the astonishing age of 14, and claimed gold in the 4×100 medley (and two silver medals, as well). The Californian won another gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 200 m breaststroke (she had previously set a world record for it). Outside of swimming, she has been featured on Playboy and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and she also released her autobiography, “In the Water They Can’t See You Cry: A Memoir”, in 2012. Beard is now married with two kids and a motivational speaker.

Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard

Aly Raisman

Role model, captain and Olympian – a few words that can describe three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman (2012 floor and team, 2016 team), whose impact goes beyond the gym mat. She is sadly one of Larry Nassar’s 141 victims of abuse but she has inspired millions of people all over the world for being one of the leading voices in the fight against Nassar and USA Gymnastics. Raisman received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 2018. The ‘Final Five’ and ‘Fierce Five’ member has also found great success in modeling, having been featured on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue several times. It is still not known whether Raisman will compete at Tokyo 2020.

Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman

Carl Lewis

One of the best athletes of all time, Lewis may only be topped by Usain Bolt in the sprinting world. Lewis was once undisputed in the long jump, 100 m, and 200 m and held world records in the 4×200 m and 4×100 m relays and in the 100 m. Since 1984, he has been a world record holder in the indoor long jump and four of his nine golds are in the long jump competition at four consecutive Games. Aside from being the owner of the marketing company C.L.E.G., Lewis has made appearances in multiple films and television shows. The former ‘world’s fastest man’ is currently an assistant track coach at his alma mater, the University of Houston.

Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis

Mark Spitz

Before Michael Phelps, the world knew Mark Spitz, the nine-time gold medalist and second-greatest swimmer who has ever participated at the Olympics. He won two golds during his debut at the Olympics in 1968 and dominated the 1972 Munich Olympics. ‘Mark the Shark’ captured seven gold medals there and set a world record in every event. He went into retirement at 22 years old and found himself on TV right away, spending a few years making appearances on shows. In 1976, he started working for ABC Sports, but he is currently an entrepreneur and gives lectures all over the world.

Mark Spitz

Mark Spitz

Michael Jordan

A ‘Dream Team’ member and two-time gold medalist, Michael Jordan needs no introduction. After winning his second gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Jordan would then win four more NBA Titles. After he retired, he purchased a minority stake in what was then called Charlotte Bobcats (now the Charlotte Hornets). In 2014, Jordan became the team’s majority owner and still own the franchise today. Buoyed by the iconic Jordan Brand, he became a billionaire back in 2014.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Greg Louganis

Another athlete whose impact goes far beyond sports, Louganis is the greatest diver of all time. He is the second and only male diver in the history of the Olympics to win both diving events in two straight Olympics (1984, 1988). In 1995, the famed diver revealed he was HIV-positive and to this day, remains an activist for HIV awareness and gay rights. In recent years, Louganis earned a spot on the California Sports Hall of Fame and the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. He was also a torch bearer at the World Games Special Olympics in 2015.

Greg Louganis

Greg Louganis

Birgit Fischer

Birgit Fischer can be considered the Olympics’ Brett Favre. The German kayaker first appeared at the Olympics in 1980, winning a gold medal while representing East Germany. She won two more golds for East Germany in 1988 before announcing her retirement. However, Fischer returned to the Games in 1992 and claimed a fourth gold medal for a unified Germany. In 1996, she captured a fifth gold and in 2000, added two more before the kayaker announced she was retiring again, which didn’t last – again. In 2004, after claiming her eighth gold, she finally called it quits and is now working as a photographer, whose work is with the Art of the Olympians.

Birgit Fischer

Birgit Fischer

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Arguably, Joyner-Kersee is the greatest female athlete in history. She overcame severe asthma and exceled in track and field, winning back-to-back gold in the heptathlon (1988, 1992) and captured the long jump gold medal in 1988. While she was training for the 1984 Olympics, the talented athlete was also playing basketball at UCLA. Joyner-Kersee still holds the world record for heptathlon. Aside from being on the USA Track & Field Board of Directors, she actively promotes children’s education, racial equality and women’s rights, and her foundation, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, is focused on helping kids in East St. Louis with athletics and schooling.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Muhammad Ali

The greatest heavyweight boxer in history and one of the 20th century’s most important figures, Ali struck gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics at the age of 18. Following his Olympic victory, he went on to become a worldwide sensation. When his prolific boxing career ended, Ali became an actor, writer, and Grammy nominated musician. He also dedicated his time to faith and charity. Sadly, Ali had Parkinson’s disease during the last three decades of his life and ‘The Greatest’ passed away in 2016. However, he will forever be remembered for the incredible career he had as a boxer, humanitarian and philanthropist.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Summer Sanders

Yes, she is the Summer Sanders you used to watch on Nickelodeon. Sanders was once a prodigy in the water and won eight NCAA National Championships and back-to-back titles of Swimmer of the Year at Stanford. Her first Olympic appearance was at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, where she took home gold and set a record in the 200 m butterfly, and claimed her second gold in the 4×100 medley. The star later worked for CBS Sports, the WNBA, NBC, and Nickelodeon, among others. Sanders now works for HLN and the Pac-12 Network.

Summer Sanders

Summer Sanders

Nastia Liukin

Liukin may have been born in Russia, but she became a household name when she competing for team USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her parents are former Soviet champion gymnasts but her family moved to the States when Liukin was two years old. She won one gold (five medals in total) in Beijing, winning in the all-around competition. In 2016, she graduated from New York University. Since 2010, Liukin has hosted the yearly gymnastics competition Nastia Liukin Cup.

Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin

Michael Phelps

You have to be really good to be considered the greatest Olympian in history. Phelps has won 28 total medals, 23 gold medals, 13 individual gold medals and 16 medals in individual events. Needless to say, these are all Olympic records. He surpassed the seven gold medals Spitz won when Phelps claimed eight in Beijing in 2008. Outside of swimming, he established the Michael Phelps Foundation, which is an organization with multiple programs to help children. Phelps has three children whom he shares with his wife, Nicole.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

Dominique Dawes

Isn’t the nickname ‘Awesome Dawesome’, well, awesome? Dawes, aka flying squirrel, made her Olympic debut in 1992 in Barcelona, where she settled for a team bronze. She returned to the Games in 1996 and helped team USA win the gold medal. Dawes is the first African-American woman who has won an individual medal in gymnastics at the Olympics, helping open the door for other stars like Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles. From 2004 to 2006, Dawes served as president of the Women’s Sports Federation and in 2010, she was appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition by President Obama.

Dominique Dawes

Dominique Dawes

Shawn Johnson

One of the stars at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Johnson has become a household name thanks to her supreme talent and bubbly personality. She claimed gold for her beautiful performance on the balance beam, aside from adding three silvers to her collection. The following summer, she won season eight of Dancing with the Stars and around three years later, America’s Sweetheart returned for the show’s All-Star edition, where she finished as the runner-up. After Johnson left gymnastics, she published three books and is now running a really successful YouTube channel together with her husband, Andrew East.

Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson

Clara Hughes

Only a few are blessed with talent to compete in the Olympics, let alone claim victory. Hughes, however, is so talented her athletic career is highlighted with Olympic medals in two sports. At the 1996 Olympics, she claimed two bronze medals in road cycling and in 2006, Hughes was busy winning a gold medal in speed skating. The talented Canadian has two medals in road cycling and four speed skating medals. She has been given a number of Honorary Doctorates of Law (U of Victoria, University of Manitoba), and has been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Clara Hughes

Clara Hughes

Allyson Felix

34-year-old Allyson Felix remains a competitive sprinter. A product of Los Angeles, Felix claimed her first gold at the 2008 Olympics in the 4×400 m relay. In 2012, aside from Felix and her teammates winning in the 4×400 once again, she won gold in the 4×100 m relay and the 200 m. At Rio 2016, she added two more golds with her victories in the relay races. In November 2018, she had her first child, but only eight months later, she was already back to competitive racing. Leaving Nike behind, Felix became first sponsored athlete of Athleta.

Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix

Simone Biles

Simone Biles is arguably the greatest gymnast in history and her list of accomplishments is unmatched despite being only 22 years old. Before making her debut at the Olympics in 2016, she had claimed an impressive 10 golds at the World Championships and at the 2016 Olympics, she captured a gold medal in the team event and in the vault, all-around and floor exercise (all are individual events). After being on hiatus for a year, Biles returned for the World Championships in 2018 and claimed victory in each category. The superstar won the vault, balance beam, all-around and floor exercise at the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships in 2019. Biles will likely compete at the 2020 Olympics and try to add to her already legendary record.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles

Kristi Yamaguchi

Many people would immediately think of figure skating when they hear the word Winter Olympics. At the 1992 Games in Albertville, Yamaguchi took center stage and won gold in the ladies’ singles over fellow American Nancy Kerrigan and Midori Ito. Yamaguchi was fresh off her victories at the World Championships in 1991 and 1992. In 1996, she established the Always Dream Foundation, and it focuses on early childhood education and literacy. She was the champion of season six of Dancing with the Stars and has published a children’s book that has won awards.

Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi

Serena Williams

Serena’s Olympic achievements include doubles gold at Sydney 2000, doubles gold at Beijing 2008, and singles and doubles gold at London 2012. Since Serena’s last Olympic triumph, all she has done is take home 10 Grand Slam titles, tie the knot with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, become a mom to a daughter, and continue to be the best among the female tennis players in the world in her 30s. Currently, Serena has one less Grand Slam title compared to Margaret Court, who has the most all-time.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Ian Thorpe

At the start of the century, Thorpe, the Australian ‘Thorpedo’, became a swimming sensation and was the hometown hero at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000, walking away with three golds — including the 4×200 and 4×100 free relays and the 400 m freestyle. The conquering hero went on to continue his winning streak in Athens in 2004, capturing a gold medal once more in the 400 free and winning another gold medal in the 200 m free. Thorpe also started the charity Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth, which is an organization that aims to raise funds for childhood illnesses research. In a televised interview in 2014, he came out as gay and until June 2019, was in a relationship with Ryan Channing. Through his swimming prowess charitable and works, Thorpe was awarded Member of the Order of Australia.

Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe

Natalie Coughlin

Even though Coughlin isn’t regarded as the greatest female swimmer ever, she would certainly have a good argument. In Athens in 2004, Coughlin won gold and silver in the 100 m backstroke and in the 4×100 freestyle relay respectively. Four years later, she became the first American woman in modern history to capture six medals at a single Olympic event and having won gold in the 100 m backstroke once more, ‘Nat’ now has the distinction of being the first woman to have accomplished the feat. When Coughlin won a bronze in 2012, she tied Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres for the most medals by a female swimmer at 12 each. Since leaving the sport, she has cooked on the popular show Chopped, has been featured on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and graced the cover of the ESPN The Magazine: The Body Issue in 2015.

Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin

Marit Bjørgen

Even though cross-country skiing doesn’t really get a lot of attention during the Olympics, that doesn’t mean Bjørgen’s accomplishments aren’t incredibly impressive. Now retired, Bjørgen is the greatest cross-country skier ever. She has had a staggering 114 individual victories and has captured 15 Olympic medals — the most that any athlete has won in the history of the Winter Olympics. Bjørgen took home three gold medals in 2010 (Vancouver), three in 2014 (Sochi) and two in 2018 (Pyeongchang). Two months after the 2018 Games, Bjørgen announced that she was retiring after the 2018 cross-country skiing season concluded.

Marit Bjørgen

Marit Bjørgen

Katie Ledecky

Barely 22 years old, Ledecky is on her way to becoming the greatest female swimmer in history. At the age of 15, she took the world by surprise and won the gold in the 800 m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics. Over the next four years, Ledecky won nine golds at the World Championships and five more at the Pan Pacific Championships. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Ledecky captured four gold medals — 4×200 free, and 200, 400 and 800 freestyle — and one silver, and she added five more golds at the World Championships in 2017. At Stanford University, Ledecky set 11 American records and 14 NCAA records, and the legend is currently getting ready for the spotlight at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky

Lindsey Vonn

Four-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn is rounding out the list. She only tasted Olympic gold once, in downhill at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, but Vonn was more successful at the World Cup. In 1982, she made history by securing the most World Cup race victories by a woman. She is second only to Ingemar Stenmark. After Vonn battled injuries for several years, she announced that she would be retiring in 2019. Off the slopes, she famously went out with Tiger Woods for two years and she posed in the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition (it was her third time).

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn

Chad Le Clos

Chad Le Clos doesn’t only swim butterfly but you can believe he gives them to all the girls too. This South African Olympic swimmer won two gold medals in the 2012 Olympics in the 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter butterfly. He is still training, competing and representing his country. As for his personal life, Le Clos has been an eligible bachelor and is now dating model Jeannie Mulder.

Chad Le Clos

Chad Le Clos

Cameron Van Der Burgh

Cameron is Africa’s first home-trained world record holder as well as Olympic Champion amongst males. The gold medalist has since retired and now models, motivates and attends public events as well as supporting multiple charities. However, his most recent affiliation is with Steps- a charity treating kids with clubfoot. He married his long-time girlfriend, Nefeli Valakelis in Anavyssos in Greece, 2018.

Cameron Van Der Burgh

Cameron Van Der Burgh

David Rudisha

David Lekuta Rudisha is a Kenyan middle-distance runner who holds the world record and Olympic record for 800-meters. This athlete is going for gold this coming Olympic Games and has been working and training extremely hard. The runner was in a car crash in Keroka where his car collided with a bus after his tire burst, the runner escaped unharmed and uninjured.

David Rudisha

David Rudisha

Roland Schoeman

This four-time Olympic competitor confessed that his love for swimming arose when he actually wanted to impress a girl at the age of 13. The asthmatic swimmer is a global swimming icon and actually turned down a R40 million deal to swim for Qatar as he said the best part for him is representing his country, sharing his victories with his fellow people and singing his anthem loud and proud.  Schoeman missed qualifications in 2016 and was allegedly banned for doping, however, he claimed the test was contaminated.

Roland Schoeman

Roland Schoeman

Debi Thomas

This 1986 Olympic champion won multiple medals but has since gone on to become an orthopedic surgeon. Thomas specializes in knee and hip replacement surgeries. She has been divorced twice and since re-engaged to Jamie Looney. Thomas has three children and suffers from bipolar disorder whereas her fiance alcoholism and anger problems. Thomas lost custody of one of her children when he was 13 and is currently broke.

Debi Thomas

Debi Thomas

Jenny Thompson

This Stanford University athlete won 19 NCAA titles and 12 Olympic medals amongst many other awards and titles. She won 8 gold medals all of which were from relay races. Thompson has since gone on to become a renowned anesthesiologist and surgeon at various hospitals.

Jenny Thompson

Jenny Thompson

Shannon Miller

This six medal champion has two gold medals in gymnastics. Miller graduated from the University of Houston with a B.B.A in marketing and entrepreneurship. She also studied and graduated in law. Since then she has become the face and endorser for dietary supplements and runs the Shannon Miller Foundation which aims at combating childhood obesity. Miller has been divorced and remarried, she now has three beautiful children. She has also been cancer-free since September 2011, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer early that year.

Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller

Kim Rhode

This Olympic champion has been on the map for an incredible six games. She is the 2nd American woman to have this privilege- she medaled at all six games she participated in. Rhode is married with a son and when she is not shooting skeet, she is a co-host on the program Step Outside.  Rhode’s 18-year-old shotgun was stolen and later found in a parolee’s home, however, fans had already donated $13,000 to get her a new Perazzi shotgun.

Kim Rhode

Kim Rhode

Venus Williams

With 4 gold medals and 1 silver, we are extremely familiar with this fan-favorite and tennis legend. Having 5 medals ties her with another athlete in having the most Olympic medals in tennis. Venus is still playing tennis but has taken an entrepreneurial route by starting an interior design firm, writing a book and launching her own fashion line alongside retailer Steve & Barry’s. Did we mention her and sister Serena became part owners of the Miami Dolphins?

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Teresa Edwards

Teresa Edwards is the first female basketball player to compete in 5 Olympic Games and won her first gold at the mere age of 20. She now holds 4 golds and 1 bronze. She also made history in 2000 when she won gold and became the oldest gold medalist in women’s basketball. She was on the USA Basketball Board of Directors between 2009-2012. Edwards auctioned off one of her Olympic Gold Medal in order to donate the proceeds to athletes in need and bring spotlight to the cause of struggling athletes.

Teresa Edwards

Teresa Edwards

Sanya Richards-Ross

This runner was ranked 1st in the world for four consecutive years between 2009-2012. She has four gold medals and one bronze. Richards-Ross has since started a hair extension line and gone on to produce a docuseries about her life. She is married to Aaron Ross-, New York Giants cornerback, the pair have a son together.

Sanya Richards Ross

Sanya Richards Ross

Gabrielle Douglas

This gymnastic star began the sport when she was 3-years-old and loved it ever since. At 8-years old she had already become the champion for the State of Virginia and undoubtedly the Olympic gold was in her destiny. The champion is now 24-years old, single and living her life.

Gabrielle Douglas

Gabrielle Douglas

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