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12 Olympic Athletes Who Became Pop Culture Phenomenons

They went from the podium to primetime. (Or Broadway!) They're not always competing, but we still get answers to very important questions like What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, Sundays 10|9c on E!

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1. Kristi Yamaguchi

Figure skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi won the sixth season of Dancing With the Stars and (more importantly!) had a cameo in the movie Go Figure.
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Figure skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi won the sixth season of Dancing With the Stars and (more importantly!) had a cameo in the movie Go Figure.

2. Bruce Jenner

In the Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics, he won the gold medal for the decathlon. Today, he continues to Keep Up With The Kardashians. (Decathlons seem easier.)
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In the Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics, he won the gold medal for the decathlon. Today, he continues to Keep Up With The Kardashians. (Decathlons seem easier.)

3. Johnny Weir

This figure skater had his own TV-series titled Be Good Johnny Weir; he also attends red carpet events where he makes fabulous faces.
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This figure skater had his own TV-series titled Be Good Johnny Weir; he also attends red carpet events where he makes fabulous faces.

4. Ryan Lochte

He's won eleven Olympic medals, has his own show on E!, and gave us all the word "Jeah!"
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He's won eleven Olympic medals, has his own show on E!, and gave us all the word "Jeah!"

5. Lindsey Vonn

Vonn re-entered spotlight for announcing that she and Tiger Woods were dating, but this Olympian is most known for her numerous achievements in alpine skiing (and occasional Got Milk? ad).
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Vonn re-entered spotlight for announcing that she and Tiger Woods were dating, but this Olympian is most known for her numerous achievements in alpine skiing (and occasional Got Milk? ad).

6. Shawn Johnson

She has an Olympic gold medal, three silver medals, and a DWTS trophy. Or perhaps you only know Shawn from her two appearances on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which is a completely acceptable place to recognize anyone.
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She has an Olympic gold medal, three silver medals, and a DWTS trophy. Or perhaps you only know Shawn from her two appearances on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which is a completely acceptable place to recognize anyone.

7. George Foreman

He’s a two-time World Heavyweight World Champion, Olympic gold medalist, and if someone could be a champion at selling kitchen grills, George Foreman would be the uncontested, super-duper winner.
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He’s a two-time World Heavyweight World Champion, Olympic gold medalist, and if someone could be a champion at selling kitchen grills, George Foreman would be the uncontested, super-duper winner.

8. The Winklevoss Twins

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are more famous for not inventing Facebook, but they also got 6th place in Beijing for rowing.
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Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are more famous for not inventing Facebook, but they also got 6th place in Beijing for rowing.

9. Serena and Venus Williams

Some celebrities only appear on our TVs. Others appear in our dreams. But these sisters do both.
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Some celebrities only appear on our TVs. Others appear in our dreams. But these sisters do both.

10. Michael Phelps

With a total of 22 medals, he's the most decorated Olympian of all time. You might also recognize him from commercials for Subway sandwiches. Or from SNL where he also talked about Subway.
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With a total of 22 medals, he's the most decorated Olympian of all time. You might also recognize him from commercials for Subway sandwiches. Or from SNL where he also talked about Subway.

11. Apolo Anton Ohno

While he did not win a second mirror ball trophy, his eight Olympic medals for speed skating will surely more than suffice.
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While he did not win a second mirror ball trophy, his eight Olympic medals for speed skating will surely more than suffice.

12. Shaun White

He has two Olympic gold medals, a small army of medals from Winter X-Games, and an IMDB page that goes longer than his hair.
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He has two Olympic gold medals, a small army of medals from Winter X-Games, and an IMDB page that goes longer than his hair.