Since Ryan Lochte, one of the newest Olympians to get his own reality TV show, celebrates a birthday on August 3rd, we’ve decided to spotlight a few other Olympians who paved the reality TV path:
1. Ryan Lochte “What Would Ryan Do?”
Three-time Olympian (Athens, Beijing and London) Ryan Lochte has earned 11 Olympic medals (five gold, three silver and three bronze) in men’s swimming since 2006. Lochte who has a committed fanbase on Twitter and Facebook that made him a pop culture icon, stars in his own E! reality show, “What Would Ryan Do?” The show, which aired in April, follows Lochte as he trains for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Known for coining the catchphrase “jeah,” Lochte can often be seen interacting with family and friends.
2. Bruce Jenner “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”
Bruce Jenner became one of the most respected athletes of the ‘70s after winning the gold medal in the decathlon, breaking a world record of 8,634 points at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Jenner has been seen on TV since 2007 on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” also on E! Stepfather to scandal-maker Kim Kardashian and husband to Kris Jenner, the laidback Bruce can be seen on the show being baffled his crazy family, preferring instead to fly his remote controlled helicopters to occupy his time. The show’s 8th season airs Sunday nights at 9/8c.3. Greg Louganis, “Splash”
Greg Louganis, who earned gold medals at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform, is considered the greatest diver in history. In 1995, Louganis shocked the world when he courageously announced on Barbara Walters’s “20/20” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that he is gay and HIV-positive. Since then, Louganis has shared his passion for diving as a mentor for the US Olympic diving team. Though he hasn’t been in the public eye as much in recent years, he can be seen as a judge on ABC’s diving competition “Splash.” The celebrity divers have to face their fears when they leap off the 10-meter high dive as they flip, twist and spin.4. Shawn Johnson & Apolo Ohno, “Dancing with the Stars”
Shawn Johnson and Apolo Ohno were both Olympic stars who later graced the stage of “Dancing with the Stars.” Apolo Ohno set the record as the first U.S. Winter Olympian to win eight medals, which he achieved as a speed skater in 2006 and 2010. In 2007, he joined the fourth season of “DWTS,” winning the competition with partner Julianne Hough. Johnson was the petite gymnast who made memories at the 2008 games winning medals in both the individual and team categories. The same year as the Olympics, she competed on DWTS and danced her way to the top spot! In 2012, just 24 hours after announcing her retirement, both Johnson and Ohno were asked to return to compete in the All-Star season.
5. Jonny Moseley, MTV's Challenges & "American Ninja Warrior" Jonny Moseley made history as the first American gold medalist at the 1998 Olympic in Nagano, Japan, for downhill skiing with his signature move, the 360 mute-grab. The U.S. Olympic Committee honored him by naming him Sportsman of the Year. Moseley returned in 2002 to Salt Lake City but was awarded fourth place. Still, he was recognized for bringing his own style with a move called the “dinner roll.” Moseley then made a number of TV appearances as the host of MTV’s reality competition shows like “Battle of the Sexes,” “Real World/Road Rules Challenge,” “The Gauntlet” and “Battle of the Sexes II.” Moseley later decided to step down as host and go back to school at UC Berkeley before hosting “American Ninja Warrior.”
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