How Does an Olympian Adjust to Retirement?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Team USA has arrived home, and some Olympians are coming home to a different life, one without rigorous daily training and intense competition. You could could almost call it normal.

With the exception of sponsorship stars like Michael Phelps or Jessica Ennis, many newly-retired athletes can expect a much more obscure existence once the magic of the five games fades.

Gymnast Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the “Magnificent Seven” from Atlanta 1996. Since her retirement before the 2000 games in Sydney, Moceanu has coached, studied, got married, and had two children.


Dominique Moceanu

Produced by:

Paul R. Smith

Comments [2]

Carmen from Summerville, SC

My husband wasn't a former Olympian, but is having the same problem caring about his new job. He spent 22 years in the Naval submarine force doing a job where the outcome could be life and death. Anything else so far is just about money. If he does a good job, the company makes money. If not, they don't. It pales in comparison.

Aug. 14 2012 04:00 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn,N.Y.

What was the value of the gold metal in 96? Damn, gold is so high today that you might be able to retire off the scrap value of the metals...

Now, that the Olympics are over, I am going to do a situp and get in shape

Aug. 14 2012 01:04 PM

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