Olympians are the best athletes globally, and they are also some of the world’s youngest celebrities. They compete in their country’s colors, and they wear their country’s colors in competition. We usually see these athletes in competition when they are in their prime, usually under 30, and in many cases under 20. It’s no surprise that they grow up quickly because Olympic events only happen every four years. However, we rarely hear from athletes after they retire, and we have no idea what they’re up to! You’re in luck because we’ve tracked down the best so you can see what they’ve been up to lately!
When she was three years old, she began gymnastics. By 2008, she had won the gold medal in balance beaming. She was named “America’s Most-Liked Sports Figure” by Forbes the following year. Then, on June 3, 2012, Johnson announced her retirement from gymnastics.
Between 2004 and 2008, Alicia started gymnastics at the age of eight and won 12 medals at the US National Championships. She has since amassed a total of ten medals, making her the second most decorated American gymnast. She retired from the sport in 2012.
Michael Phelps is simply the best in the world at everything. He has the most gold medals (23), gold medals in individual events (13), and 16 medals overall in individual events. He has won 28 medals in total, making him the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time.
Aly was the captain of the Fierce Five, a US women’s gymnastics team that competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She won gold for her team as well as for herself. She won gold for the team and silver for her individual efforts in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Dara is the first American Olympic swimmer to compete in five Olympic Games. She has 12 medals (four gold) and was the oldest swimmer to be selected for an Olympic team at the age of 41. She has worked as a reporter and announcer for several networks, including NBC, ESPN, and Fox, and has had a successful modeling career.
Greg Louganis was a gold medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (he was a favorite for the 1980 Olympics but was unable to compete due to the boycott by the United States). For his outstanding achievements as an amateur diver, he has received awards. Since then, he has served as a coach for the US diving teams in 2012 and 2016.
Nastia’s parents were both highly qualified gymnasts, and she began gymnastics at the age of three after spending so much time in the gym. She was the world champion on the balance beam in 2005 and 2007 and the Olympic individual all-around champion in 2008.
Apolo Anton Ohno is an eight-time Winter Olympic medalist and retired short track speed skating competitor from the United States. In 2019, Ohno was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame as the most decorated American Olympian in the Winter Olympics. Ohno was raised by his father and began full-time training in 1996. After winning eight medals (two gold, two silver, and four bronze) at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Apolo has become known as the face of short track in the United States.
In 1991 and 1992, Kristi won the World Figure Skating Championships for the second year in a row, and she went on to compete in the 1992 Winter Olympics and win gold. In 2005, she was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
Mary Lou Retton
Mary Lou Retton is regarded as a pioneer in the field of women’s gymnastics. She became the first woman to win the all-around gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (a title she held for 20 years after). The famous “Retton Flip,” a gymnastics maneuver, is named after her. In 1997, she was inducted into the National Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Michelle Kwan, a figure skater, was the most popular female athlete in the 2000s and held the record for most Olympic medals. She is also known as the greatest figure skater of all time. In 1998 and 2002, she won two Olympic medals, as well as 14 other prestigious awards.
Jenner won the 1976 Olympic decathlon title in Montreal, earning him the unofficial title of “world’s greatest athlete,” according to tradition. Following his victory, he set a third consecutive world record, earning him the title of “all-American hero.” Jenner underwent gender transition surgery in 2015 and is now known as Caitlyn Jenner.
McKayla Rose Maroney
McKayla Rose Maroney is a former artistic gymnast and singer from the United States. She was a member of the Fierce Five, an American women’s gymnastics team that won a gold medal in the team event and a silver medal in the vault event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Most of you probably know her from her iconic picture.
Shaun White is widely regarded as the greatest Olympic snowboarder of all time. He won gold in the half-pipe at the 2006 Winter Olympics, scoring just three points shy of a perfect score. He had a high enough score to win gold without having to run a second time at the 2010 Olympics, but he decided to do so anyway. He came up just 1.5 points short of a perfect score this time.
Nadia became the first gymnast in Olympic history to receive a perfect score of 10.0 – and she did so at the age of 14! Six more perfect scores and three gold medals were awarded to her at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Over the course of her career, she has won nine gold medals and four World Championship medals.
Mark Spitz is a swimmer who won nine Olympic gold medals, a silver medal, and a bronze medal in four years. He also won five Pan American gold medals, 31 Amateur Athletic Union titles, and eight National Collegiate Athletic Association titles. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, a record that he held until Michael Phelps won eight medals in 2008. Spitz became a stockbroker in 2002 and now gives around 25 motivational speeches per year all over the world.
Natalie Coughlin became the first woman to swim the 100-meter backstroke in under a minute while at the University of California. In addition, she became the first American female athlete to win six medals in a single Olympiad and the first woman to win gold in the 100-meter backstroke in two consecutive Olympics at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Gabrielle Douglas was one of the five gymnasts who made up the Fierce Five at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and she helped her team win a gold medal. In addition, she was the first black woman to win the individual all-around title.
Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee is a retired American track and field athlete who is regarded as one of the all-time greats in the heptathlon and long jump. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals at four different Olympic Games in those two events.
Shannon Lee Miller
Miller won the All-Around World Championships in 1993 and 1994 and the gold medal on the balance beam at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Simone Biles was the most decorated gymnast in Olympic history until 2016 when she competed in the games with a total of seven medals.
Although he has a personal grill named after him, the professional boxer has accomplished much more. He is a two-time world heavyweight champion as well as a gold medalist at the Olympics. He won 76 out of 81 fights in his boxing career. He went on to become an ordained minister, author, and entrepreneur after retiring from boxing.
Mia is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a FIFA Women’s World Cup winner. In 2004, she was selected to carry the American flag during the Athens Closing Ceremony. In 1997, she was named Sportswoman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation, and with her 108th goal in 1999, she broke the all-time international goal record.
Janet Beth Evans is a former competitive swimmer from the United States who specialized in long-distance freestyle events. Evans was a world champion and set a world record while competing in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, winning four gold medals in total.
Carl Lewis won nine gold medals in track and field during his career, which spanned 1979 to 1996. He is one of only three athletes in Olympic history to win four gold medals in a single event. In 2011, he attempted to run for the New Jersey Senate but was found to be unqualified.
Larisa currently holds the record for the most gold medals won by a gymnast, with nine. Until Michael Phelps surpassed her as the most decorated Olympic athlete, she held the title for 48 years. Her achievements contributed to the Soviet Union’s dominance in gymnastics.
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Ole Einar Bjrndalen, dubbed “The King of Biathlon,” is the most decorated Olympian in the history of the Winter Games. He is also the most successful biathlete, having won 44 medals at the World Biathlon Championships.
Dorothy Hamill finished second in figure skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics, then won the short and long programs for gold. She is the only figure skater to win a gold medal without using a triple jump since then. She even invented a new skating move, the “Hamill camel,” which is a camel spin that transforms into a sit spin.
At the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, Rulon won gold by defeating Russian wrestler Aleksandr Karelin, who had been undefeated for 13 years. It was also the first time an American won a gold medal in wrestling in full international competition.
Birgit Fischer won an Olympic gold medal in canoeing at the ages of 18 and 41, making her the youngest and oldest champion in the sport. She has won eight gold medals in six Olympic Games, a feat only one other person has accomplished.
Mike Eruzione was the captain of the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team, which is best known for defeating the Soviet Union’s undefeated record. Since then, the game has been dubbed the “Miracle on Ice.” Eruzione led his team to a historic victory (and even scored the game-winning goal), earning them the gold medal.