|Alex Morgan poses for a photo during the Veronica Beard Spring 2013 Presentation at Gramercy Terrace on Sept. 5, 2012|
From Jay Leno to the Today show, U.S. athletes have been in high demand since finishing at the summer Olympics. But when you figure how much time and training went into winning those 104 medals, it’s only fair they get to spend some time bragging about them. Here is a look at their busy schedules since their days in London.
Ryan Lochte‘s itinerary these past couple weeks proves the highly decorated swimmer works hard, but plays hard too. The fashion-lover attended multiple shows at New York’s Fashion Week, taking in the EleVen by Venus Williams show, Jeremy Scott, Milly, and Ralph Lauren (with fellow swimmer Conor Dwyer). He was also seen attending the U.S. Open cheering on fellow U.S. athlete Serena Williams. He got a lot of media time too, appearing on Live! With Kelly and Michael, talking with Rich Eisen on his Kickoff Special podcast show on the NFL Network, sitting down with Joan Rivers and Giuliana Rancic on E!’s The Fashion Police; filming scenes for the final season of the hit NBC show 30 Rock, and even getting spoofed on SNL by host (and Family Guy creator) Seth MacFarlane.
Gold medal swimmer Conor Dwyer (who got a day named after him in his hometown of Chicago) was seen chatting with rapper 50 Cent at the premiere of End of Watch in Los Angeles. He also took some time out (with Lochte) to film a PSA for Water for People. Check it out here. (hyperlink “here” to )
Missy Franklin might still be in high school, but this Olympic swimmer knows how to multi-task. The most decorated female Olympian at the London Games celebrated her medal haul with various appearances — many of which were in her hometown of Colorado: she attended the U.S. Open, Colorado Rapids game, threw out the first pitch at the Colorado Rockies game (with a little pregame help from pitcher Matt Belisle), was co-captain of the coin toss at the Denver Broncos game, took in the Rascal Flatts concert with some friends, attended the MTV Video Music Awards, and showed her support at the Stand Up 2 Cancer event (alongside gymnast Gabrielle Douglas).
The Fierce Five are celebrating their medals by taking a victory lap around the United States. The teenagers are the headline act of Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. In addition to their 40-city show, they took time out to make a few appearances: the girls surprised houseguests by showing up on the CBS show Big Brother, they attended a luncheon in their honor held by OK! Magazine (and even got a surprise visit from Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford), and Aly Raisman and Jordan Wieber sat down with Kelly and Michael while Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, and Kyla Ross appeared on Ellen DeGeneres where they got to meet one of their favorite musicians, Pink (who, it turns out, is a HUGE fan of theirs and even tweeted them a note of congrats). Douglas ventured out solo to co-host The View, meet and greet with fans at New York City’s Nintendo World, and as if that doesn’t keep her busy enough — she plans to publish an inspirational memoir due out in December titled: Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith.
AthleticsTrack and field star Carmelita Jeter (who got a day named after her in her hometown of Gardena, CA) raced actress Allison Janney on Ellen. Can you guess who won?
Sprinter (and USOC SportsWoman of the Year!) Allyson Felix got to visit the set and meet the cast of one of her favorite shows, ABC’s Scandal. Check out the behind-the-scenes footage here. She was also in attendance at the U.S. Open and one of the lucky ones at the Alice & Olivia and Tommy Hilfiger shows at New York Fashion Week. Afterwards she headed back to London for the Burberry show.
Midfielder Carli Lloyd (with fellow teammate Alex Morgan) appeared on Live! With Kelly and Michael.
Abby Wambach, Shannon Boxx (who was on Good Day LA) and Morgan all attended the Seattle Seahawks vs Pittsburgh Steelers game in Seattle.
Morgan later walked the runway at New York Fashion Week, attended the U.S. Open, and went on to challenge Conan O’Brien on his show to the video game, “Just Dance.” See her talent for more than just soccer here. She also shared her tips on proper nutrition with People magazine.
Team USA basketball player Tyson Chandler sat in on CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien to discuss his photographs that will be auctioned off to benefit UNICEF. He also had the honor of ringing the opening bell at NY Stock Exchange on 9/11 (with Morgan).
After winning the U.S. Open, the double golden girl Serena Williams talked with Kelly and Michael about her busy (and successful) year.