Side Hustles: 9 Olympians Who Found Success Outside Sports

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Competing at the Olympics is a crowning achievement that most professional athletes would find hard to top, but for these nine Winter Olympians the Games were just one line on a long list of accomplishments.

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 15Doug Pensinger/Getty Images1. Hubertus Von Hohenlohe (Mexico)Named the “Most Interesting Olympian in the World” by NBC, Hubertus Von Hohenlohe is a man of many talents. Not only has the slalom skier represented Mexico in six Olympic Games, but he’s also an accomplished photographer, a German prince, and a pop star who has released eight albums under the names ‘Andy HImalaya’ and ‘Royal Disaster.’

USA Kristi Yamaguchi, 1992 Winter OlympicsHeinz Kluetmeier/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

Kristi Yamaguchi Book Signing For 'It's A Big World, Little Pig'Michael Tullberg/Getty Images2. Kristi Yamaguchi (USA)No stranger to winning, Olympic Hall of Famer Kristi Yamaguchi has excelled in multiple post-Olympic endeavors. In 2011, the ice skating star became a New York Times bestselling author when her children’s book “Dream Big, Little Pig!” debuted at #2 on the Time’s list.

Killy franceIOC Olympic Museum/Getty Images3. Jean-Claude Killy (France)For a man whose name is synonymous with Olympic skiing, French legend Jean-Claude Killy hasn’t actually scaled a mountain since 1988. That hasn’t stopped Killy from finding success in other arenas; his post-Olympic titles include actor, race car driver, and Director of the Tour de France.

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Shaun White's Air And Style Music FestivalScott Dudelson/Getty Images4. Shaun White (USA)Is it any surprise that Olympic rockstar Shaun White is actually a professional rockstar? On top of being a two-time gold winning snowboarder and professional skateboarder, White also shreds on the guitar for his electronic rock band Bad Things.

US President Bill Clinton(L) accepts a US OlympicTIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images5. Michelle Kwan (USA)Michelle Kwan may never have won gold at the Olympics, but that didn’t stop the figure skater from serving her country in other ways. In 2006, Kwan was appointed as a public diplomacy ambassador for the United States, a role she continued under President Barack Obama.

The Today Show Gallery of OlympiansScott Halleran/Getty Images6. Christopher Fogt (USA)When Christopher Fogt isn’t competing for Team USA’s Men’s Bobsled Team, he’s fighting for his country as an army captain. The Olympian was deployed to Iraq shortly after competing in the 2010 Vancouver Games, but returned to Sochi in 2014, winning his country a Bronze Medal. In late 2016, after learning that he would not be deployed to Kuwait, Fogt returned to bobsledding and will compete for Team USA in the 2018 Games.

12-Year-Old Sonja Henie in Skating PoseGeorge Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images7. Sonja Henie (Norway)A Norwegian Olympic champion who helped define the sport of figure skating in the ‘20s and ‘30s, Sonja Henie spent her post-Olympic career as one of Hollywood’s top earning celebrities of the time, starring in films like “Thin Ice” and “My Lucky Star.”

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Grand Opening Of Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas At CityCenter - GalaEthan Miller/Getty Images8. Vanessa Vanakorn (Thailand)Vanessa Vanakorn (aka Vanessa-Mae) became famous long before her Olympic debut. The alpine skier who competed for the first time at the 2014 Sochi Games is actually a professional violinist with millions of albums sales. In 2006, the multi-talented star was named one of the UK’s wealthiest entertainers under 30.

Figure Skater Dick ButtonBettmann/Bettmann Archive

USOC Legacy Program and Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyJerry T. Lai9. Richard “Dick” Button (USA)Famous for being the first skater to land a double axel, Richard “Dick” Button ended his Olympic career as a skater in 1952, but didn’t stray too far from the Games. In 1960 Button returned to the Winter Olympics as a commentator, launching a career that would later win him an Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality.

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