By the time Olympic gymnasts are back in training and looking forward for their next competitions, American gymnasts are enjoying their newly found fame. But does Hollywood put an end to gymnastics careers?.
Since the Athens Olympics in 2004, U.S Olympic gold medalists gymnasts have been enjoying their newly found fame after their success at the Olympics to the point where they can't go back to competitive gymnastics.
Carly Patterson who won gymnastics most prestigious medal "the all around" gold at the Athens Olympics, received a lot of media attention after returning to her home country. Patterson announced that she will be taking some time off from the sport. She also expressed desire to become a singer. In 2005 She gave an interview on FOX Sports Net's Sports Sunday in which she gave more details on her future career.
Patterson announced her retirement in 2006 without ever participating in another major competition. Patterson stated that a back injury is what made her retire from the sport, but it was clear that even if it hadn't been for the injury, Patterson wouldn't had returned to the sport.
Beijing Olympics was a huge success for Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson. Nastia won five medals including the all around gold and Shawn won four medals including an individual gold medal. Like their compatriot Carly Patterson, they both stopped competing after the Olympics and enjoyed the media attention. In 2010, Johnson torn her ACL while skiing. After two months she announced her comeback with the intention of making the 2012 U.S Olympic team. Johnson failed to make the 2011 World team and only made the Pan American games team. She ended her comeback two months before the Olympic due to continuing problems with her left knee.
Liukin kept postponing her comeback until the end of 2011. Liukin competed at the visa national championships and Olympic trail. She failed to make the U.S Olympic team and shortly afterwards retired.
Looks like the Fierce Five or the gold winning U.S Olympic team members will follow within the footsteps of Liukin, Johnson and Patterson.
The all around gold medalist Gabby Douglas announced her intention to continue in the sport and make the 2016 Olympic team. Douglas said she will only perform in 20 out of the 40-city Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions so she can get back to training but later announced she will be doing all 40 stops. Douglas now is busy as she is on her book tour.
The Olympic vault silver medalist Mckayla Maroney also announced several times that she is not done yet with gymnastics and she is looking forward to compete again and make the 2016 Olympic team. After the Olympics, Maroney injured herself on the tour and had to undergo surgery. Maroney expressed desire to become an actress and stated that she will move on acting after ending her gymnastics career. Maroney landed a role in the CW television series Hart Of Dixie, the episode aired on 20 November. She said that the producers want her to do another episode.
Maroney will be busy now days as she has been named one of the seven judges for the 2013 Miss America competition.
Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber along with their teammate Gabby Douglas will be participating in another tour "Teen Choice Live" which combines gymnastics, cheerleading and music.
The only one who is taking her goal of competing at the next Olympic games seriously is Kyla Ross as she has already been back in full time training.
Will the Fierce Five get wrapped up with their newly found fame ?
Written by Gigi Khazback Farid
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