WHERE ARE THEY NOW? What 10 Former Olympic Heroes Are Up To Since Their Gold Medal Heydays

Amy Van Dyken

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Unlike many athletes in more traditional sports like football or basketball, most Olympians’ time in the spotlight comes and goes rather quickly.The entire country, and at times the world, becomes captivated when these previously unknown individuals completely take over the month-long event every four years.

But post-Olympic reign, their stars seem to fade as quickly as they came to shine no matter what they choose to do.

Bruce Jenner won the gold medal for the decathlon at the 1976 Montreal games

Now he has cameras awkwardly zoom in on his 'Why am I here?' facial expressions on 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians.'

Mary Lou Retton became the first American female gymnast to win Olympic gold in 1984 in Los Angeles

These days she travels the country as a motivational and corporate speaker and lives in Houston with her husband and four daughters.

Source: Mary Lou Retton

American sprinter Michael Johnson was one of the most dominant runners of the 90s, taking four gold medals between the 1992 and 2000 Olympic games

After retiring Johnson opened an elite athletic training facility in Texas. He's also done work for BBC as an Olympics commentator.

Source: Michael Johnson Performance

Kerri Strug sticking her landing off the vault despite a bad ankle injury at the 1996 Atlanta games secured gymnastics gold for the U.S.

These days she lives in D.C. with her husband and son and has held various positions with the U.S. government.

Source: Strug.org

Before Michael Phelps there was Mark Spitz, who swam his way to a then record seven gold medals in 1972

Spitz now works full time as a motivational speaker and stock broker.

Sources: AFP and Mark Spitz

Jackie Joyner-Kersee won three Olympic gold medals for the heptathlon and long jump at the 1988 and 1992 games

Since then, she's devoted her life to charity and now sits on the USA Track & Field Board of Directors.

Sources: Athletes for Hope and USA Track & Field

Rulon Gardner has suffered a few set backs since winning the gold medal for wrestling in 2000

He had a toe amputated after suffering severe frostbite during a snowmobile accident, went on NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' after ballooning to 475 lbs., and failed to qualify for the 2012 London games.

Sources: NOAA and NBC

Swimmer Amy Van Dyken won an incredible four gold medals in Atlanta in 1996

After working as a morning radio DJ in Arizona for years, she and her former NFL punter husband Tom Rouen moved to Colorado to be closer to family.

Source: Denver Post

There are an amazing nine gold medals hanging in track and field star Carl Lewis' home

Most recently Lewis tried to run for the New Jersey State Senate, but had to end his bid due to a residency technicality.

Source: Reuters

Marion Jones' five-medal track and field performance at the Sydney games in 2000 was stripped away when she admitted to having used steroids

After spending time in jail for perjury as well as playing in the WNBA, Jones started a program to help people make better decisions and not the kind of mistakes that changed her life forever.

Sources: ESPN, NBC Sports and Marion Jones

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