For two weeks every four years, the world is riveted by Olympic athletes. We learn their stories and cheer them on as they compete against the best in the world. We see their faces everywhere, from TV shows to cereal boxes – but would we recognize them years after they’ve been out of the spotlight? Here are 10 Olympians who look totally different today.
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Tonya Harding’s boyfriend and her bodyguard infamously conspired to injure her rival Nancy Kerrigan. Yet Harding missed her chance at an Olympic medal. Recently, she was portrayed by Margot Robbie in I, Tonya, an Oscar-nominated drama about her life.
That ’70s mustache was long gone after Mark Spitz’s dominating swimming performance in 1976. After working as a sports commentator, Spitz went on to open a real estate company in Beverly Hills.
In 1998, Tara Lipinski set a record as the youngest figure skater to win an Olympic ladies’ singles gold medal. She stayed involved in the sport from behind the mic, delivering much-praised coverage with Johnny Weir at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.
The red-headed phenom upset Michelle Kwan in the 2002 Olympic figure skating final. Hughes went on to attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania.
After her “not impressed” face became everyone’s favorite meme, Maroney became a social media sensation and began a music career. She later joined dozens of women who spoke out against former USA Gymnastics team doctor and convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar.
As part of th Magnificent Seven, Dawes won three gymnastics medals, including gold in 1996. She later served on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.
A gold medal figure skater in 1998, Boitano was a popular semi-recurring character on the hit animated series South Park. The Hall of Famer came out as gay in 2014.
Amy Van Dyken
After winning six swimming gold medals spanning two Olympic Games, Van Dyken was involved in an ATV accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She created the Amy Van Dyken Foundation to help others with spinal injuries.
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The 1968 gold medalist in boxing, George Foreman later became a successful businessman thanks to his George Foreman Grill. He made an improbable comeback in 1994 to recapture the heavyweight championship at the age of 45.