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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.