There are few, if any, events that capture the attention of the world in the same way that the Olympics do. For the few weeks, it is on TV billions of people watch the best athletes on the earth do what they do best. But just as quickly as the Olympics comes and dominates the airways, it disappears just as fast until the next installment a few years later. This means that there are some great athletes we forget about or lose track of for years. Here we will take a look at where 18 past Olympic greats are today. Number 5 might just shock you…
#18 Michael Johnson
Johnson made history in 1996 when he won the gold medal in the 200M and the 400M, becoming the first ever man to do it. Since the Olympics, he has worked with major athletes from the NFL to soccer leagues around the world. To top it all off Johnson has his own performance company as well. Check out number 12 to see what another famous sprinter has been up to lately.
#17 Mary Lou Retton
Due to her great performance in the Olympics, Retton became America’s sweetheart. Since leaving the world of sports, she has become a motivational speaker. She is also a mother whose daughters are following in her footsteps. The next person is the almost-undisputed best athlete in their chosen discipline.
#16 Michael Jordan
While Jordan is well known as the best NBA player of all time, he is also a pretty successful Olympian and was on the 1992 Dream Team that won the Gold. Since retiring from basketball, he has remained in the industry as he is the owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
#15 Greg Louganis
This man has basically been a career Olympian and is a huge star in diving. He dominated the 1976, 1984, and the 1988 Olympic games. Since then, he has become an activist for the LGBT community, as well as for those with HIV and AIDS. Louganis is famously HIV positive himself.
#14 Marion Jones
Jones was one of the biggest stars at the 2000 Summer Olympics as she took home three gold medals. Unfortunately, her career has gone downhill from there. She was found to have been using PEDs and even spent some time in jail for check fraud. The next person was also a track star and made worldwide news a few years ago for a horrific crime.