They may be well known for setting records on the track or in the pool, but many of the U.S. top Olympians have a passion for health and fitness that goes above and beyond their sport of choice.
Case in point: This week, Kristi Yamaguchi, world-famous figure skater and gold-medal winner at the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games announced the launch of her new line of fitness apparel called Tsu.ya, which will include yoga pants, tanks and jackets, Well + Good reported.
"I designed the line so that as a busy woman, you can get your workout in but also go run errands, go to the grocery store, and have lunch with friends -- but still look good and feel good,” she told the site.
A number of her fellow American gold-medal winners have also found their niche in the health-and-fitness business world. Here’s a collection of a few -- who would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments below!
Both Williams sisters have active professional lives off the tennis court, but Venus is the one who puts fitness at the forefront, with her line of activewear and tennis apparel, <a href="http://elevenbyvenus.com/" target="_hplink">EleVen</a>. The gold-medal winner (<a href="http://www.olympic.org/venus-williams" target="_hplink">one from Beijing and two from Sydney</a>) told the <em>LA Times</em>: "I had a lot of fun doing designs on the court which were unprecedented for sports. But I wanted to do something that will be <a href="http://www.latimes.com/features/image/la-ig-venus-20120624,0,3813632.story" target="_hplink">available to everyone that's my vision of sportswear</a>."
The basketball great earned his gold medal at the <a href="http://www.olympic.org/earvin-johnson " target="_hplink">1992 games in Barcelona</a>. While his company, Magic Johnson Enterprises, has invested in a number of projects over the years, his biggest connection to the fitness world was a partnership with fitness-club chain <a href="http://www.24hourfitness.com/clubs/magic/magic_johnson_bio.html" target="_hplink">24 Hour Fitness</a> for a specially-branded <a href="http://search.24hourfitness.com/exercise/Magic Johnson Sport Oakland" target="_hplink">string of "signature clubs,"</a> according to the company's website, with emphasis on community and making fitness a way of life.
It's yet to be seen if Phelps will pull off a stunning performance in London to match his eight gold medals from the <a href="http://www.olympic.org/michael-phelps" target="_hplink">2008 Beijing games</a> (he's also got six from Athens in 2004). He has since <a href="http://www.mpswimschool.com/" target="_hplink">launched a swimming school</a> for all ages and abilities, and told The Huffington Post he <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/11/michael-phelps-on-london-olympics_n_1499884.html" target="_hplink">plans to be very involved there after retiring</a>.
Joan Benoit Samuelson
The <a href="http://www.olympic.org/joan-benoit" target="_hplink">first woman ever to win the Olympic Marathon</a> (the event was held for the first time in Los Angeles in 1984), Samuelson (who still runs -- and <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304868004577378353850383084.html" target="_hplink">sets records</a>) now <a href="http://www.joanbenoitsamuelson.com/biography/" target="_hplink">conducts running and fitness clinics</a> and acts as coach and adviser to cross-country and long-distance runners, according to the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>.
The all-star sprinter, with <a href="http://www.olympic.org/michael-johnson" target="_hplink">gold medals from 2000, 1996 and 1992</a>, has since opened an <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/where-are-they-now-olympic-gold-medalists-2012-6?op=1" target="_hplink">athletic training facility in Texas</a>, which bills itself on its website as the <a href="http://www.michaeljohnsonperformance.com/about-michaeljohnson.html" target="_hplink">official training partner</a> of the Dallas Cowboys, FC Dallas and the Dallas Stars.
The figure skater, who won gold in <a href="http://www.olympic.org/dorothy-hamill" target="_hplink">Innsbruck in 1976</a>, has put her on-ice talents to good use at a <a href="http://i-skate.kennedykrieger.org/" target="_hplink">skating program for kids with disabilities</a>.
The snowboarder has a <a href="http://www.olympic.org/shaun-white" target="_hplink">pair of gold medals</a> from Vancouver in 2010 and Turin in 2006. While he's endorsed a number of products, he's the mind behind a <a href="http://www.burton.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Burton_US-Site/default/Product-Collections?collection=twc&gender=mens" target="_hplink">line of gear and apparel for Burton</a>.
The figure skater won gold in <a href="http://www.olympic.org/brian-boitano" target="_hplink">Calgary in 1988</a>, but now stars in his very own <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/what-would-brian-boitano-make/index.html" target="_hplink">cooking show on The Food Network</a>.
As part of Team USA's women's basketball team, Leslie won gold four times in a row from 1996 to 2008, making her the woman with the <a href="http://www.olympic.org/Documents/Reference_documents_Factsheets/Records_and_medals_at_the_Games_Olympiad.pdf" target="_hplink">most consecutive wins in the same event</a> over all the Olympic Games. But she started thinking about next steps from the beginning of her gold-medal streak, she told U.S. News, when she started making money from her position in the WNBA. "I thought, 'I need to go back to school and <a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/articles/2012/03/02/lisa-leslie-from-wnba-to-mba" target="_hplink">figure out more of a business perspective</a> of what I'm doing and how I should invest my money,'" she said. After getting her M.B.A., she started the <a href="https://lisaleslie9.com/lisa-leslie-basketball-leadership-academy" target="_hplink">Lisa Leslie Basketball & Leadership Academy</a>, a program for Los Angeles-based kids to learn her sport and also life skills like discipline, leadership skills and media training, according to her website.
The tennis great, who won gold in <a href="http://www.olympic.org/andre-agassi" target="_hplink">Atlanta in 1996</a>, went on to <a href="http://money.cnn.com/popups/2006/biz2/howtosucceed/10.html" target="_hplink">start a real estate company</a> with wife (and tennis pro) Steffi Graf. But he also has a string of <a href="http://www.24hourfitness.com/health_clubs/signature_clubs/agassi/" target="_hplink">signature clubs with 24 Hour Fitness</a>, located in California and in his hometown of Las Vegas.
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