There is no such thing as a former Olympian. That much is certain once you speak to any individual who has reached the world’s largest sporting stage. The athletes’ experiences are often shaped by era-defining events like the Cold War or 9/11, and the Olympics remain a part of each person throughout his or her life. This is never more visible than in the events industry, where yesterday’s heroes on the playing surface serve as ambassadors for a new generation of athletes—those youth they hope to instill the lessons of their extraordinary accomplishments in. See how these six Olympians extend their legacy far beyond medals.
Bart Conner, Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy
Ron Galimore, USA Gymnastics
Carissa Gump, USA Weightlifting
John Naber, Motivational Speaker
Derek Parra, Utah Olympic Oval