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  1. Brian Boitano

    How has life treated the many U.S. Olympians who have dazzled and inspired us over the years? Find out in this handy then-and-now roundup.

    Three-time Olympian Brian Boitano is shown here during the men's figure skating competition at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, where he won the gold medal. In the years that followed he continued to be a leader and mentor in the figure-skating world, touring with Champions on Ice for 15 years and providing commentary on many televised skating shows. Boitano began showing off his culinary skills in a big way in 2009 when he premiered the Food Network cooking series “What Would Brian Boitano Make?” (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Bruce Jenner

    U.S. track and field athlete Bruce Jenner celebrates his record-setting performance in the decathlon in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, where he won the gold medal. In the decades that followed, Jenner became a motivational speaker and an enduring television personality. Married to Kris Jenner, he's starred in the E! reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” since 2007. (Allsport, Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Greg Louganis

    U.S. diver and four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis prepares to dive during the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Today, Louganis remains actively involved in his sport as a coach and mentor to U.S. Olympic divers. He’s also an ardent dog trainer who helps his pups participate in dog agility competitions. In the mid-1990s, Louganis revealed publicly that he is gay and that he was HIV-positive when he participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. (Getty Images, Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Mark Spitz

    American swimmer Mark Spitz smiles on the podium after winning the gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Spitz won seven gold medals that year, an accomplishment bested only when Michael Phelps won eight gold medals in 2008. Spitz went on to start a real-estate company in Beverly Hills. He’s also worked as a motivational speaker, a corporate spokesperson and a stockbroker. Spitz is backing Istanbul’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. (AFP - Getty Images, Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Kristi Yamaguchi

    Kristi Yamaguchi smiles as she displays her gold medal for women's figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Yamaguchi has remained actively involved in ice-skating ever since, touring with Stars on Ice for 10 years and appearing on numerous TV specials. In 2008 she became the celebrity champion on “Dancing with the Stars.” She was a special correspondent for TODAY during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She’s also a wife, mother, philanthropist and author; in the photo on the right, Yamaguchi reads aloud from her 2011 children’s book “Dream Big, Little Pig!” (AP, AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Carl Lewis

    Carl Lewis of the U.S. men's 4x100-meter relay team screams as he crosses the finish line to win the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. The track star won 10 Olympic medals in the 1980s and ‘90s. Before the 1988 games, Olympics officials accepted Lewis’ claim of “inadvertent use” of banned substances found in cold medicines. In later years, Lewis went on to appear in films and TV productions. In 2011 he was disqualified from running as a Democrat for a New Jersey Senate seat because of residency requirements. (Getty Images, AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Marion Jones

    World sprint champion Marion Jones dashes across the track at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where she won five medals that she later had to forfeit after admitting to using steroids. In 2008 she served a six-month jail term for perjury tied to her use of steroids and her involvement in a check-fraud case. She went on to play professional basketball for the Tulsa Shock in 2010 and 2011. Jones chronicles her rise and fall in her 2011 memoir “On the Right Track: From Olympic Downfall to Finding Forgiveness and the Strength to Overcome and Succeed.” (AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Brandi Chastain

    U.S. soccer player and three-time Olympian Brandi Chastain rips off her jersey in celebration after kicking the winning penalty shot in the 1999 Women's World Cup final against China. Referencing that iconic moment, Chastain released a book in 2004 titled “It’s Not About the Bra: Play Hard, Play Fair, and Put the Fun Back Into Competitive Sports.” Chastain will serve as an analyst for women’s soccer during NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Peggy Fleming

    American figure skater Peggy Fleming practices on an outside rink during the 1968 Winter Olympics in in Grenoble, France. She won the gold medal in Grenoble and went on to serve as a commentator on figure skating for many years. A breast cancer survivor, Fleming lives in California with her husband. They started a winery together in 2003 and donated a portion of the proceeds from their sales to breast-cancer research. The winery recently ceased production and sold out the last of its merchandise. (AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Amanda Beard

    American swimmer and seven-time Olympic medalist Amanda Beard stands on the podium after winning the silver medal in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The model, vegetarian and animal-rights activist appeared on TODAY in April 2012 and discussed her past struggles with bulimia, drug addiction and depression, which she chronicled in the memoir “In the Water They Can’t See You Cry.” In late June, she fell short of qualifying to compete in the Summer Olympics in London. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Paul Hamm

    U.S. gymnast and three-time Olympian Paul Hamm is shown celebrating his gold medal during the 2008 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in San Jose, Calif. Hamm won the all-around competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens; his victory later became embroiled in controversy over a scoring issue. In 2011, Hamm was arrested and accused of hitting and kicking an Ohio taxi driver, damaging a cab window and refusing to pay a $23 fare. In March 2012, Hamm ended his comeback effort for the London Olympics and announced his retirement. "The years of training have taken a toll on my body and training at an Olympic level is no longer sustainable," he said. (Getty Images, AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Carly Patterson

    Carly Patterson is shown competing in the floor exercise during the women's gymnastics team final at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Patterson was named the Olympic All-Around Champion that year. Shortly afterward, she began dealing with serious back problems and retired from gymnastics. Patterson went on to pursue a singing career, and she's released a full-length album. (AP, Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Natalie Coughlin

    Natalie Coughlin celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 4x200-meter relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. The swimming superstar, who has medaled in every Olympic event in which she’s competed, appeared on TODAY in July and described her training program for the London Olympics and her post-competition plans. (AP, Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Evan Lysacek

    U.S. figure skater and 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek celebrates at the end of his routine during the men’s short program figure skating competition at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Lysacek has worn costumes designed by the likes of Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and Vera Wang. He competed in “Dancing with the Stars” in 2010 and finished in second place. (Reuters, Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Tara Lipinski

    U.S. figure skater Tara Lipinski waves with her gold medal after the free-skate competition at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Lipinski was just 15 at the time. She continued skating for several years despite being plagued by hip injuries. She went on to support a variety of philanthropic efforts and to make product endorsements and television appearances. In 2011 she appeared on TODAY and skated at Rockefeller Plaza. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Nancy Kerrigan

    Two-time Olympic figure-skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan is shown at left skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. In 1994, Kerrigan became a household name after being clubbed in the knee in an attack arranged by her skating rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband. Kerrigan won a silver medal seven weeks after the assault. She went on to participate in a number of ice shows; in the December 2011 photo on the right, Kerrigan performs at the Caesars Tribute II: A Salute to the Ladies of the Ice in Atlantic City, N.J. (Allsport, Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Johnny Weir-Voronov

    U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir-Voronov is shown performing in the men’s free-skate program at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In his 2011 memoir “Welcome to My World,” Weir-Voronov came out as gay; when promoting the book, he pointed to a rash of gay suicides among young male teens as his reason for doing so. He married his partner Victor Voronov in December 2011. He plans to return to competition in the 2012-13 season. (AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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