Ravell Call, Deseret News Archive

Ever wonder what your Olympian heroes did after the Olympics? Following is a list of career choices that 46 Latter-Day Saint Olympians made. See who is a real estate agent and who works as a account manager for waste management.

Alma Richards
BYU, Harold B. Lee Library

1912 Stockholm Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Gold medal

Event: High jump

After competing, Richards transferred from studying at Brigham Young University to three other universities - Cornell University, Stanford University and Southern California University.

He became a teacher in the Los Angeles area.

Richards passed away April 3, 1963.

Information according to
Sports Reference.

Robert Milan "Bob" Detweiler
Photo courtesy Detweiler Family

1952 Helsinki Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Gold medal

Event: Rowing

After the Olympics, Detweiler graduated from the Naval Academy and became a Naval officer.

Later he worked as a director of research for energy and communications at Eyring Research Institute in Provo.

Detweiler taught math, history and English at Alpine Life in Orem .

He also had a love for the arts and performing. He was the Chairman of the Utah County Arts Council, and founding member of Utah Piano Quartet. He also performed in plays and musicals and sang with Salt Lake Opera Company.

Detweiler passed away December 8, 2003.

Information according to
Sports Reference.

Jack Yerman
Associated Press

1960 Rome Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Gold medal

Event: Track and field

Yerman became a teacher and coach after the Olympics. Now that he's retired he and his wife manage investments and work on civic projects .

Information according to
Sports Reference.

Fred Etcher
Photo via Tom Hawthorn's blog

1960 Squaw Valley Games

Country represented: Canada

Medal: Silver medal

Event: Hockey

In 1961 to 1962 Etcher was a player and coach for the hockey team in Uxbridge, Ontario.

Etcher passed away November 25, 2011.

Information according to
Sports Reference.

Barbara Day Lockhart
Deseret News Archive

1960 Squaw Valley Games, 1964 Innsbruck Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: none

Event: Speed skater

During the 2002 Olympics, Lockhart was the chairman of the Ethics Committee.

Information according to
Sports Reference.

LJ Silvester
Associated Press

1964 Tokyo Games, 1968 Ciudad de Mexico Games, 1972 Munchen Games, 1976 Montreal Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Silver medal in 1972 and a bronze medal in 1976

Event: Track and field, discus

After the Olympics, Silvester became a professor of physical education at Brigham Young University.

Information according to
Sports Reference.

Kresimir Cosic
BYU Photo

1968 Ciudad de Mexico Games, 1972 Munchen Games, 1976 Montreal Games, 1980 Moskva Games

Country represented: Yugoslavia

Medal: Silver medal in 1968 and 1972, Gold medal in 1980

Event: Basketball

Cosic was a Croatian Diplomat at the embassy in the United States.

He actively shared his religion with other Croatians and converted many. He also translated The Book of Mormon in Croatian.

Cosic passed away May 25, 1995.

Information according to
Sports Reference.

Henry Marsh
Deseret News Archive

1976 Montreal Games, 1984 Los Angeles Games, 1988 Seoul Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: none

Event: Track and field

Marsh has kept himself busy in the sporting life after the Olympics. He was a consultant to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In 2002, he was an executive board member of the U.S. Olympic Committee on the Board of Trustees for the Salt Lake Olympic Committee.

He also stayed in the limelight as he produced a weekly radio show and several television news series for CBS. He became a motivational speaker and author of the book "The Breakthrough Factor."

Marsh was the national program director at FranklinCovey.

Information found at Henrymarsh.com

Doug Padilla
Deseret News archive

1984 Los Angeles Games, 1988 Seoul Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: none

Event: Track and field

Padilla has been the track administrative assistant for Brigham Young University since 1999.

Information found at BYU Cougars

Mark Schultz
Bob Strong, Associated Press

1984 Los Angeles Games, 1988 Seoul Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Gold medal in 1984

Event: Wrestling

Schultz coached wrestling at Brigham Young University.

Information found at BYU Cougars

Ambrose Rowdy Gaines IV
Ron Edmonds, Associated Press

1984 Los Angeles Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Three gold medals

Event: Swimming

Since the Olympics, Gaines has become a broadcaster. This year in the London Games he is the expert analyst of swimming for NBC's broadcast.

Gaines is on the board of directors of Swim Across America - raises funds for cancer research and volunteers for United Cerebral Palsy Foundation

He is the executive director of Rowdy's Kidz - suppoted by The Limu Company. This company offers free swimming clinics by Gaines where he also encourages children to follow their passion and dreams, according to the Limu Company website.

Information found at CSN Chicago.

Peter Vidmar
Dennis Hamilton, Associated Press

1984 Los Angeles Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Two gold medals and one silver medal

Event: Gymnastics

After competing, Vidmar stayed in sports and the Olympics. Vidmar has served as the United States Olympic Ambassador and as co-chairman of the United States Olympic Committee summer sports summit.

He has been a gymnastics commentator for CBS Sports and ESPN and continues to be a journalist and broadcaster for Summer Olympics. He was also a chairman of the board of USA gymnastics and a national governing body of gymnastics in the United States

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Vidmar as vice chair of the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports for California.

He has also been found on the executive board of the U.S. Olympic Committte and executive committee of USA Gymnastics. Fans can find Vidmar as a motivational speaker.

This information was provided by
PeterVidmar.com.

Karl Tilleman
Photo courtesy of LDS Church News

1984 Los Angeles Games, 1988 Seoul Games

Country represented: Canada

Medal: none

Event: Basketball

Tilleman is the managing partner of Phoenix law office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He has clerked for prominent figures such as the United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and the late Chief Justice Warren Burger.

Information according to The Business Journal.

Ed Eyestone
Bob Caron, Associated Press

1988 Seoul Games and 1992 Barcelona Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: none

Event: Track and field

In 2008 Eyestone was the head distance analyst for NBCs coverage of the Beijing Olympics.

He is a columnist for Runners World magazine since 1999. He has also been a commentator for ESPN and Fox Sports Elite Racing for 12 years.

Eyestone also works at Brigham Young University as head coach for the men's cross country since 2000.

Information found at BYU Cougars

Jason Pyrah
Ravell Call, Deseret News Archive

1996 Atlanta Games, 2000 Sydney Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: none

Event: Track and field

Pyrah has been a motivational speaker for Boys and Girls clubs and for church-affiliated groups. He also works as an outpatient rehabilitation center as a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Information found at BYU Cougars

Laura Berg
Jennifer Szymaszek, Associated Press

1996 Atlanta Games, 2000 Sydney Games, 2004 Athens Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Gold medal in 1996, 2000 and 2004

Event: Softball

Berg has been the Fresno State assistant softball coach from 2000-2003, and again in 2005-2006.

Information provided by Fresno State

Jared Deacon
Martin Meissner, Associated Press

2000 Sydney Games

Country represented: Great Britain

Medal: none

Event: Track and field

Since the Olympics Deacon has been the lead strength & conditioning coach at English Institute of Sport and sprints coach at U.K. Athletics. The U.K. Athletics help the next generation Olympic athletes of Great Britain.

Information found at LinkedIn.

Eric Fonoimoana
Gert Eggenberger, Associated Press

2000 Sydney Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Gold

Event: Men's beach volleyball

Fonoimoana is a real estate agent for South Bay Brokers

Information found at LinkedIn.

Courtney Johnson
Ravell Call, Deseret News

2000 Sydney Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Silver medal

Event: Water polo

Johnson is a volunteer assistant for women's water polo team at Stanford University and works at a law firm in Palo Alto, California.

Information found at Stanford University

Amy Palmer
Ravell Call, Deseret News

2000 Sydney Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: None

Event: Track and field, hammer throw

Palmer volunteers at local elementary schools and speaking engagements but primarily is involved in her three girls lives.

Information found at BYU Cougars.

Robbie Pratt
Jaren Wilkey, MWC

2000 Sydney Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: none

Event: Track and field, pole vault

After competing in the Olympics, Pratt went on to be a summer consultant for Accenture. Accenture is a global company that is involved in management consulting, technology services and outsourcing.

Information found at LinkedIn.

Leonard Myles-Mills
Mark Baker, Associated Press

2000 Sydney Games, 2004 Athens Games

Country represented: Ghana

Medal: None

Event: Track and field

Myles-Mills is the men's track assistant coach at Brigham Young University.

Information found at BYU Cougars.

Rulon Gardner
Mark J. Terril, Associated Press

2000 Sydney Games, 2004 Athens Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Gold medal in 2000 and bronze in 2004

Event: Wrestling

After the Olympics, Gardner has become a motivational speaker on the topic "Never give up, never stop trying."

Information found at RulonGardner.com.

Ryan Millar
Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images AsiaPac

2000 Sydney Games, 2004 Athens Games, 2008 Beijing Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Gold medal in 2008

Event: Men's volleyball

Millar is the owner and creator of Next Level Volleyball Camps. Before that he was head men's volleyball coach at Brigham Young University.

Information provided at LinkedIn.

Werner Hoeger
Photo courtesy Hoeger family

2002 Salt Lake Games, 2006 Torino Games

Country represented: Venezuela

Medal: None

Event: Luge

Werner is at Boise State University as a Kinesiology professor.

Information according to
Sports Reference.

Dinah Browne
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

2002 Salt Lake Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: None

Event: Luge

Browne set out to be an educator in the Virgin Islands after the Olympics.

Currently she is a teacher at St. Croix Central High School. Before that she used to be a literacy coach at St. Croix Century High School and a secondary educator at St. Dunstan's Episcopal School.

Information according to LinkedIn.

Gea Johnson
Johanna Workman, Deseret News Archive

2002 Salt Lake Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: None

Event: Bobsled

Johnson has continued to explore other sports besides bobsledding which has led her to be Ms. National Fitness champion. She was named "elite track cyclist" and has become American record holder, Olympic weightlifter.

Johnson can also be found as a spokesperson at various events.

Information according to GeaJohnson.com.

Joe Pack
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

2002 Salt Lake Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Silver

Event: Ski Jump

After the Olympics Pack diversified his sports and is a professional golfer in Hawaii.

Information according to Snow Sports.

Bill Schuffenhauer
Shaun Botterill, Getty Images North America

2002 Salt Lake Games, 2006 Torino Games, 2010 Vancouver Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Silver medal in 2002

Event: Bobsled

Schuffenhauer has taken on many hats since the Olympics. He is a director of corporate relations for Ozone, vice president of Mercedes-Benz club of America and owner of Silver Retreats in Park City, Utah.

Information according to LinkedIn.

Tiffany Lott-Hogan
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

2004 Athens Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: None

Event: Track and field

Lott-Hogan currently coaches track at Deseret Hills High School in St. George, Utah.

Information according to KSL.com.

James Parker
Eric Risberg, Associated Press

2004 Athens Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: None

Event: Track and field

Parker is practicing his chiropractic license at Rawlin Chiropractic in Syracuse, Utah.

Information compiled by The Standard-Examiner.

Cael Sanderson
David Guttenfelder, Associated Press

2004 Athens Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Gold

Event: Wrestling

Sanderson now coaches at Penn State.

Information compiled by USA Today.

Justin Wilcock
Darron Cummings, Associated Press

2004 Athens Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: None

Event: Diving

Wilcock is currently employed at Waste Management in Oakland, CA. as the construction services account manager and inside account manager.

Information compiled by LinkedIn.

Paora Winitana
Junji Kurokawa, Associated Press

2004 Athens Games

Country represented: New Zealand

Medal: None

Event: Basketball

Winitana is a director of Total Independent Athletes LTD.

Information compiled by LinkedIn.

Guard Young
Amy Sancetta, Associated Press

2004 Athens Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Silver

Event: Gymnastics

Young is an assistant coach of the University of Oklahoma for men's gymnastics.

Information compiled by University of Oklahoma.

John Nunn
Sang Tan, Associated Press

2004 Athens Games, 2012 London Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: None

Event: Track and field, racewalking

Nunn is competing this year in the Olympics. He is also a staff sergeant. in the U.S. Army.

Information compiled by the U.S. Army.

Shauna Rohbock
Dan Lund, Deseret News

2006 Torino Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Silver medal

Event: Bobsled

Rohbock is a sergeant for the Utah Army National Guard.

Information according to National Guard.

Lindsey Anderson
Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

2008 Beijing Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: None

Event: Women's 3,000 meter steeplechase

Anderson works at Weber State as an assistant track and field coach.

Information according to Weber State.

Niklas Arrhenius
Ian Walton, Getty Images

2008 Beijing Games

Country represented: Sweden

Medal: None

Event: Track and Field, Discus

Arrhenius is the assistant coach at Brigham Young University for throws for women's track.

Information according to LinkedIn.

April Steiner Bennett
Michael Steele, Getty Images

2008 Beijing Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: None

Event: Pole vault

Bennett has become actively involved in the "be a champion" program from USA Track & Field. Through the program Bennett mentors young athletes.

Information according to Payson Roundup.

Lacey Nymeyer
Photo courtesy of University of Arizona

2008 Beijing Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Silver medal

Event: 100-meter freestyle and 4 x 100- meter freestyle relay

Nymeyer currently works swim clinics around the country. During the clinics she is encouraging kids to work hard and pursue dreams.

Nymeyer can also be seen speaking about gaining a personal testimony against adversity at firesides for youth.

Jake Gibb
Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

2008 Beijing Games, 2012 London Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: None

Event: Men's beach volleyball

Gibb can be seen at this year's Olympics competing for the gold.

Information found at Team USA.

Rich Lambourne
Gary McKellar, Deseret News

2008 Beijing Games, 2012 London Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: Gold medal

Event: Men's beach volleyball

Lambourne is competing again in the 2012 Olympics.

Information according to NBC.

Hayley Palmer
Victor R. Caivano, Associated Press

2008 Beijing Games, 2012 London Games

Country represented: New Zealand

Medal: None

Event: Women's 4x200 meter freestyle relay team

Palmer is racing again for the gold in this year's Olympics.

Information according to Swimming World magazine.

Chris Fogt
Photo provided by Chris Fogt

2010 Vancouver Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: None

Event: Bobsled

When Fogt isn't competing for the gold he is the first lieutenant of U.S. Army.

Information according to the Army.

Noelle Pikus-Pace
Oliver Lang, AFP, Getty Image

2010 Vancouver Games

Country represented: United States

Medal: None

Event: Women's skeleton

Pikus-Pace keeps herself busy as chief operating officer and partner at SnowFire Hats and photographer for Noelle Marie Photography.

Information according to LinkedIn.

More Mormon Olympians
Uwe Lein, Associated Press

To find more Mormon Olympians check out Mormons in Olympic history.