For two weeks every two years, the world beholds the best of athletes during the Olympics. We cheer them as they compete and we celebrate with those who bring home medals. For a while, the Olympic athletes are on the spotlight. But afterward, they fade into the sports background. Some go on with their love for the sport while others choose another career path. Find out who is now rich and who can’t afford their credit card debt and car insurance. Some are now depressed and some are still living happy lives.
1. Kerri Strug
Kerri Strug was the hero of the Women’s All-Around Gymnastics Event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. She helped her team, the “Magnificent Seven,” win the gold. She topped the vault routine during the final rounds even though she sustained an ankle injury. Kerri is now 40 years old and an elementary-school teacher. She says none of her student know about her olympic past.