40 Olympic Gold Medalists Then And Now
Is Mckayla ever happy?
I'm going to take you on a journey. Olympic Gold Medalists, where are they now? Everyone always wants to know where everyone is. They got their moments of fame, but what are they doing now? Are some lawyers, doctors, accountants, reached total fame or are they unemployed. Let me take you on this journey and hope you enjoy.
McKayla never seems happy. If you look at other photos of her on the web, you'll see that she never cracks a smile. In fact, they seem to place her photo from when she got her medal in all sorts of pictures. It's actually kind of funny. Mckayla has had knee surgery and is pursuing an acting career. She has been in the Hart of Dixie and and episode of Bones.
This 6 foot 5 inches of a man is a giant. Not only in tallness, but on the track. He is the first man to hold the 100 and 200 meters world records.
Go Bolt, go. He's like a bolt of lightning. He's so fast, that if you're not looking, your going to miss him. What's he doing now? It looks like this 29 year old man is still running. Run Bolt, run.
This team captain now 57 is now a motivational speaker and director of special outreach program at Boston University. At one time he was a broadcaster for the Devils and Rangers.
Hockey, what a sport. Mike Eruzione made motivational speeches as the team captain and still does today. I guess he utilized his time in the Olympics well.
Michael started his career as a professional swimmer at the age of 15. Although he came in fifth place in the 2000 Olympics, that didn't stop him from eventually winning a total of 23 gold medals. This young boy is now a man with a son of his own.
By the time he was thirty, Michael Phelps had won 23 gold medals. Six months after coming in fifth in the 2000 Olympics, Phelps broke the world record for the 200 meter butterfly. You could say that Michael had a productive and wonderful life.
Gold medal winner Bruce Jenner went on to be very successful. He married twice and had six children. But his story doesn't end there. In 2015, Bruce became Caitlyn.
Jenner did it all. Why not try being a woman. Not everyone can pull this off. If you ask me, Jenner did a nice job. Well at least the surgeons did a nice job.
Seven time gold medal winner Shannon Miller has it all. Husband, two kids, her own fitness company and her life. She beat and destroyed an evil enemy...cancer.
Shannon has totally transformed. Now in her late 30's, she looks nothing like the young Olympic medalist. Today she is a mom and an entrepreneur.
Not only did Fosbury win the gold medal for the high jump event, he invented the techique known as the "back-first." This technique is also known as the Fosbury Flop.
This incredible man too survived cancer. He is living a full life now. In fact, in 2014 Fosbury ran for a seat in the Idaho House of Representatives.
Wins the gold, becomes a sports superstar and then finally even writes a book. Now that is a great life. To think it all started with the Olympics.
Charles Barkley lived the life. Winning the gold in the Olympics really gave him a great start in life. Basketball superstar to writer. Today Barkley is retired from basketball.
Mia Hamm is considered the best female soccer player in history. For 17 years she played with the U.S. women's national soccer team, creating one of largest fan base for any American athlete. In 2013 she held the record for most international goals scored.
Mia went from a child to a beautiful woman. She is an inspiration to many young girls. Today she is a mother and wife.
Jean Claude Killy
Believe it or not, Killy dropped out of high school at the age of 15 to pursue skiing. His father seeing how good he was, allowed it. Well he sure did not disappoint any one.
In 1968 Killy became a three time Olympic champion. He won all three alpine events. Mighty impressive. He later became the spokesman for Schwinn, United Airlines and Chevy. He's also done some acting.
Thorpe was only 15 when he won his first gold medal. One of six. By the time he was 17 he had traveled around the world.
Ian Thorpe now is 6'5" with an incredible body. This lovely Australian won six gold medals. Although he was amazing, his career didn't last very long. At a young age, he retired.
Track you say, well no one does it better than Fredericks. He is Namibia's first and only gold medalist. Today at 48, he serves as a council member in the IAAF.
This man is amazing, he got a record-breaking time of 20.06 seconds on the 200m sprint. That of course was not good enough for him, he had to break that record over and over again. How many times do you say? I think it was 24 times.
Bubka is one the greatest athletes in sports history. He is a ten time world champion. Now he is the President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine.
What a nice man. He recently gave away his gold medal to one of his comrades. Yeah I don't think I would have done something like that. He truly is an amazing man. Remember to pole vault yourself to the top.
Boxing phenomenon George Foreman, retires from boxing at the age of 48. He is now an ordained minister and an entrepreneur. Under his belt he has 76 wins, 5 losses and 68 knockouts. Pretty impressive.
Who doesn't know George Foreman. Most people have his product at home. His handy dandy George Foreman grill. I know I do. I love that thing.
Javelin anyone? Well Zelezny sure knew how to throw one. Not only was he an Olympic champion, he was also world champion. Today he coaches for the international Olympics committee in Prague.
When I think of javelin, I think of the horrible principle in the movie Matilda. Jan, thank goodness looks nothing like her. Maybe know I'll see javelin in a different light.
Spitz started swimming at two. At nine, he was training at a swim club and by ten, he was competing. Not just competing, but winning. Today seven gold medalist owns his own real estate company and does motivational speaking.
He lived in Hawaii when he was two, I'd be in the water every day too, if I lived there. That had to be nice. Where I grew up, we had to worry about what was in the water. I don't mean sharks either. My beach was totally disgusting and venturing out into the water was a no-no.
Growing up, Nadia Comaneci was every little girls idol. I know she was mine. She was the first gymnast to ever receive a perfect 10 on the uneven bars.
I remember watching her on our big box TV and thought that she was just amazing. I begged my mom to take me to gymnastic classes, but of course I got a big fat no. Today if I'm not mistaken, she teaches gymnastic.
Ten medals has he, but only nine of them are gold. Lewis has been in four Olympic games. Sprinting and jumping and just collecting those medals.
Lewis after retiring did some acting, motivational speaking, and now he coaches track and field at the University of Houston. Lewis is worth around $20 million. Not so bad for a track star Olympian.
This American beauty was the 1968 Olympic Champion in Ladies' singles. From 1966-1968 she was a three time World Champion.
Fleming has been a television commentator in figure skating for over 20 years, including several Winter Olympic Games.For over 20 years now, Peggy Fleming has been a television commentator for figure skating. She's been on TV shows, Christmas specials and much much more. Most important, Fleming is a mom, wife and grandma.
Latynina won a total of 18 medals and got the record of most medals won. She held that record till 2012 when Phelps beat her. This special lady today coaches new and upcoming stars.
Latynina reminds me of those sweet little grandmas that always pinch your cheeks. I can't imagine her yelling at her students and pushing them to do more. I just don't see it. Don't let that sweet big smile of hers fool you. Latynina is huge powerhouse. Extremely amazing woman!
Sir Steven Redgrave
The retired British rower is regarded as one of Britain's greatest Olympians. He won gold medals at five Olympic games. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
This cutie grew up to be a very honored man. For goodness sake a statue of him was built in Higginson Park. He is a husband and father.
Four gold medalist Janet Evans, now is a motivational speaker and spokesperson for many various companies. She is a wife and mother
In 2001, Evans was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Evans today looks nothing like her younger years. I never would have recognized her.
Mary Lou Retton
For twenty years, Retton held the title of first ever American woman to win the all around gold medal. Retton was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1997.
It's was amazing to watch Retton perform. Did you know that she was born with a condition called hip dysplasia? Bad hip and yet she still got the gold.
Kato is a retired gymnast from Japan who won twelve medals. Eight of the twelve were gold. He is considered one of the most successful Olympian athletes of all time. Kato was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2001.
The first time Kato competed in the Olympics back in 1968, his older brother was by his side. They won the team competition. Kato is now a professor at the University of Tsukuba.
Devers is a retired American track and field athlete. She is a three-time champion for the United States Olympic team. In 2011 Devers was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Gail Devers, known for her extremely long nails. She grew them in a contest with her father to see if she could stop biting her nails. I guess she won. Devers is a wife and mother today.
This hunky 31 year old is the only diver to have been champion in three categories. Alexandre Despatie is currently pursuing a career in broadcasting and has been in a couple of movies.
It's amazing what a haircut, trimming of the eyebrows and some facial hair can do to a man. He went from oh he is so cute to wow! Being from Quebec, he probably has a wonderful accent too.
Chastain is retired soccer defender and midfielder. Two time Olympic medalist is married to her former coach. Chastain is known for taking off her shirt after scoring the point that gave the win to the United States over China at eh 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Final.
So Brandi took off her shirt. She was wearing a sports bra underneath, I don't understand what all the commotion was about. Although it did make her pretty famous.
The retired American gymnast known as 'Awesome Dawesome," was a 10 year member of the U.S. national gymnastic team. She was a member of the "Magnificent Seven" in the 1996 Summer Olympics that brought home the gold. Dawes today converted to Catholicism to marry the Catholic school teacher with whom she has a baby girl with.
Even today, Dawes is fit as a fiddle. What an incredible body she has. She was lovely to look at years ago and even lovelier today.
Sanders had a relatively short Olympic career. In 1992, taking Spain by storm, she won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze. By 1993, she retired. Today she is married with children.
Sanders is best known from her Nickelodeon game show; Figure It Out. Her nick name was queen of slime. Good fact to know is that the slime, wasn't actually slime. It was vanilla pudding with green food coloring. I always wondered when I watched the show. Looking back now, I realize that it wasn't so bad to get slimmed. It was probably delicious.
In 1960, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali won a gold medal. He went on to becoming a world-renowned icon as a heavyweight boxing champion. Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74 on June 3, 2016.
I grew up watching Ali in the ring. He was special and everyone always rooted for him. He was "The Greatest." That actually was his nick-name. The day I heard that he died, I felt like a piece of my childhood was just taken away. Rest in peace Muhammad Ali.
The former figure skater a two-time World champion and the 1992 Olympic champion. Yamaguchi was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in December of 2005. You may recently remember her on Dancing with the Stars. She was the champion of the sixth season.
Kristie today is a wife and a mother of two. She has written books and done a little acting. Not only can this lovely lady skate, boy can she dance. I hope you all watched her on Dancing with the Stars season six. This woman is a powerhouse.
Lochte is a 12 time Olympic medalist and an American competitive swimmer. He is the second most decorated male Olympic swimmer of all time. Lochte specializes in the individual medley, backstroke, freestyle and butterfly. Today, you can catch him in the 2016 Olympics.
Hello! Wow, boy is he hot. I don't have a pool, but I will put one in for him. He seems to get prettier and prettier every year. I'll say it again, "Helloooo."
Thompson now Cumpelik is one of the most decorated Olympians ever. She's won 12 medals. She has also held the world record in the 50-meter freestyle.
Not only is Cumpelik a fantastic swimmer, but she is extremely intelligent. Today, she is an anesthesiologist working in Maine.
Davydova is a retired five-time Olympic champion. She won medals in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. After the 2012 Olympics, Davydova announced that she was retiring to start coaching.
Yikes, I wonder who did Anastasia's make-up in the then photo. I guess she didn't use him or her for her now photo. Good choice Anastasia!
Elisabeta Lipă is the most decorated rower in the history of the Olympics. She won a total of 8 medals. She is the record holder. Now retired, she is a government Official in Romania.
I like her look. She looks like she could be my friend. Of course, I probably wouldn't understand her, for she is Romanian and I'm not. But if she spoke English and I Romanian, we would be friends.
Moses not only got the gold in hurdles, but he broke the record in this event not once, not twice, not three times, but four times. Today Moses is a vegetarian, humanitarian and advocate for peace.
I like him so much more without his beard. It also looks like he might have fixed the gap in his teeth. He seems like he is always happy. I like looking at him. He makes me smile.
Strug was one of the members of the Magnificent Seven. They were the victors all-around women's U.S. team at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Most remember Strug for injuring her ankle and being carried to the podium by her coach.
Today, Strug is a wife and mother. She became a teacher. Later she worked as a staff member with the White House Office. After that, she joined the Justice Department's Office. She retired from gymnastics, but loves to run marathons now.
Agassi is one of three players to have ever won all four slams. After getting the Gold in Atlanta, he won five more slams and went down as one of the game's most respected ambassadors. Agassi married in 2001 and had two children.
During Agassi's career, he made millions. But what should someone do after they retire from Tennis. Build Wet'n'Wild, a water park in Las Vegas. Why not. Park opened in May of 2013. So let's go from sweating on the tennis court to splashing in the pool.
Conner is a former American gymnast who got a gold medal with his team at the 1984 Summer Olympics. In 1979 he became World Champion on the parallel bars, so it was no surprise when he took the gold for the bars in 1984. Conner went on to marrying Nadia Comaneci, one of the most famous women gymnasts of all time.
Today, Conner and Comaneci have their own gym and train new superstars everyday. In 2012, Conner was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. I love that two people who are amazing at what they do, want to share it with others. To me, teaching and coaching is one of the most important jobs in the world.
Daehlie won a total of 29 medals in the Olympics in an eight year span, labeling him the most successful cross-county skier in ski history. After retiring, Daehlie became an icon in Norway. He entered the world of real estate which made him a fortune of over a quarter of a billion kroner.
I'm finishing this set of Olympic superstars of where are they now, with Bjorn Daehlie. Why him? Why not. He became an icon, got rich and created his own line of ski wear.