Despite the fanaticism that is often associated with professional sports, the simple truth is that the Olympic games more often represent the pinnacle of the sport for the vast majority of athletes who participate in it. Every four years, athletes from 200 nations converge to compete against one another, with the goal of walking away with the coveted and prestigious gold medal.
Because the Olympic games often tend to draw the eyes of an entire nation, athletes quickly become household names in the aftermath of their success. But with each passing games, many of them give way for the newest and most recent medal winners. So what happens to the gold medal winners of years past? That’s what we’re aiming to achieve here, in our “where are they now” look at some of the most famous and accomplished Olympic athletes of all-time.
Lori Susan “Lolo” Jones is one of the select few athletes who has competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, competing in track and field and bobsleigh. In terms of the former, she was considered a favorite to win a Gold medal in the 2008 games in Beijing before tripping on a hurdle and finishing in 7th place. She would represent the United States in the latter sport in the 2014 games in Sochi.
As she gained notoriety in her respective sports, Jones parlayed her talents into the media in various ways. She has appeared on many reality TV shows, such as Dancing with the Stars, Celebrity Big Brother, and The Challenge. In 2016, she even appeared on the improvisational comedy show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Today, Jones is the most followed U.S. track and field athlete on Twitter.
Continue reading on the next page.