It’s not something that comes up very often, is it? What becomes of top athletes when they leave their athletic careers behind. We regularly get updates on child stars or retired actors but athletes seem to fade away, don’t they?
We wanted to right that wrong and also to see how some of the greatest athletes of the last several decades are doing now.
We’re sure you’ll be amazed at how they’ve turned out now that they’re doing something new with their lives. The most dramatic transformation of them all is number six on our list but they’re all quite amazing.
10. Peggy Fleming
Today, Peggy Fleming is probably best known for her TV work as a figure skating commentator but she was once the best-known athlete in America. Back in 1968, she won the only gold medal for the USA at the Olympic Games. She’s looking pretty good, right? Check out number 8 for another athlete who turned out great.
9. Janet Beth Evans
Wow! What a difference a few years can make to a look. When Janet Evans was a four-time gold medal winner and as a swimmer, she needed to keep her hair short. Now, she’s part of the United States’ Olympics committee, and is free to grow her hair out.
8. Dominique Moceanu
Domonique nearly didn’t go the Olympics. She only qualified because Kerri Strug picked up an ankle injury. She not only went on to pick up gold, but she did so as the last ever legally competing 14-year-old Olympian. She’s a sports coach and published writer today.
7. Kerri Strug
Kerri Strug may have dropped out to let Domonique Mocenau shine as a competitor, but she still helped the “Magnificent Seven” U.S. Women’s team win their group gold medal. She is remembered for being a fine competitor and the star of the competition. She is now a school teacher.
6. Caitlyn Jenner
There are very few more dramatic transformations than that of Caitlyn Jenner. Before she transitioned into becoming a woman, Jenner was known as Bruce Jenner and he was the “All American Hero” who won the Olympic gold for the decathlon. He also set the world record for the sport three times in a row.