Everyone knows that Olympic athletes are talented on the field of play. But not as much is known about their lives outside sport. In honor of the one-year anniversary since the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, we took a look to see what Team USA has been up to off the field of play since leaving South Korea. See who moved out of the country, who ran their first marathon and who just landed a role playing Emma Roberts’ boyfriend on “American Horror Story.”
1) Kikkan Randall, Cross-Country Skiing
THEN: Along with her teammate, Jessie Diggins, the two were the first American cross-country skiers to win Olympic gold.
NOW: The only mother on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team retired shortly after winning gold, and not long after that was diagnosed with breast cancer. Losing her infamous pink hair due to chemo wasn’t the only big change in the skier’s life; she also tackled a big move, crossing the border into Canada with her husband and 2-year-old son for her husband’s job.
2) Erin Hamlin, Luge
THEN: The four-time Olympian — who was chosen to be the Opening Ceremony flag bearer for Team USA — placed sixth in PyeongChang in what turned out to be her retirement race.
NOW: The first American to win an Olympic medal in singles luge, decided to tackle a new challenge by running her first marathon in New York City this past November on behalf of the Women’s Sports Foundation — just three short months after getting married.
3) Adam Rippon, Figure Skating
THEN: Won bronze in PyeongChang as part of the U.S. figure skating team and became the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to win a medal at a Winter Olympics.
NOW: Two months after the 2018 Games, Rippon went on and won season 26 of “Dancing with the Stars,” the first athletes edition. The now retired athlete continued his TV run to become a judge on “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” and appeared on an episode of “Will & Grace.”
4) Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skiing
THEN: Took home gold and silver to become just the fourth American to win three career alpine medals (along with Julia Mancuso, Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn, who also won her third in PyeongChang).
NOW: This past summer the world’s best female skier appeared in the Maxim Hot 100, but instead of the traditional bikini shot, she opted to wear her ski jacket and Olympic medals. The 23-year-old said she did this as a way to take the attention off her looks and put them on her sporting achievements. She continued turning the tables by recently starting a social media campaign, #IAmYourBiggestFan, as a way to put the attention on some of the fans who inspire her, like a young cross-country skier from Sweden who is a cancer survivor.
5) David Wise, Freestyle Skiing
THEN: The first Olympic champion in men’s halfpipe skiing when the sport debuted on the Olympic program in 2014, followed up his gold-medal win with another in PyeongChang.
NOW: The lover of books, and dad to 7-year-old Nayeli and 4-year-old Malachi, wrote his first book, a children’s book entitled, “Very Bear and The Butterfly.” The story tells the fictionalized account of how the freestyle skier met his wife after an injury turned his life upside down.
6) Matt Hamilton, Curling
THEN: The curler — who was compared to Mario from Super Mario Bros. during the 2018 Games — was on the team that took home the country’s first gold medal in the sport.
NOW: Famous for his facial hair, it only makes sense that the mustache enthusiast would start a clothing line that features, you guessed it, mustaches! Fans can get everything from tank tops to T-shirts to sweatshirts on his website.
7) Nick Goepper, Freestyle Skiing
THEN: The bronze medalist in the 2014 U.S. podium sweep took home silver in men’s slopestyle skiing in 2018.
NOW: The 24-year-old proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Lizzy Braun, while on the beach in Florida last May. Goepper posted the news on Instagram writing, “She’s stuck with me forever! Lizzie Braun-not-for-long.”
8) Kendall Coyne, Ice Hockey
THEN: In a historic game, Team USA defeated Canada for its first Olympic gold medal since 1998.
NOW: The two-time Olympic medalist followed up her gold medal win by marrying her longtime love, NFL player Michael Schofield of the Los Angeles Chargers, the following month. Shortly after that she competed in the Indianapolis qualifiers in season 10 of “American Ninja Warrior,” and most recently made history again by becoming the first woman to officially compete in the NHL’s All-Star Skills Competition.
9) Heather Bergsma, Long Track Speedskating
THEN: The three-time Olympian took home a bronze in the women’s team pursuit in PyeongChang, helping U.S. women’s speedskaters win their first medal in 16 years.
NOW: Speedskaters always want to be early to the finish line, and that rule was no exception for Bergsma’s first child, who entered the world two weeks early. The 29-year-old welcomed baby Brent alongside husband Jorrit, a fellow speedskater who represented the Netherlands at two Olympic Winter Games, winning a gold and bronze medal in 2014, and silver in 2018.
10) Chris Mazdzer, Luge
THEN: The three-time Olympian won silver in PyeongChang, becoming the U.S.’s first-ever Olympic medalist in men’s singles luge.
NOW: The 30-year-old was among the athletes invited on season 26 of Dancing With the Stars, but unfortunately he was voted out in the semifinals.
11) Chloe Kim, Snowboarding
THEN: The 17-year-old — who was too young to compete under in Sochi four years prior but was likely to make that team — became the youngest women’s Olympic gold medalist snowboarder when she won the women’s halfpipe in PyeongChang.
NOW: The smiley-faced teenager who garnered thousands of new fans after winning gold, got the chance to have a fan moment of her own. The professional snowboarder made a cameo in Maroon 5’s video for “Girls Like You, which also features gymnast Aly Raisman and soccer player Alex Morgan.
12) Madison Hubbell, Figure Skating
THEN: The ice dancer finished just off the podium, coming in fourth with her partner, Zachary Donohue in PyeongChang at their Olympic debut.
NOW: After earning silver at the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships in Italy the 27-year-old was surprised when her ice dancing boyfriend of four years, Adrian Diaz (who competes for Spain), got down on one knee while the two were vacationing together in Barcelona, Spain. She said yes!
13) Maame Biney, Short Track Speedskating
THEN: The 18-year-old didn’t do as well as she hoped at her first Olympics, placing 14th in the 500-meter and 31st in the 1,500, but made history as the first black women’s short track skater to compete for Team USA.
NOW: Biney has learned a lot both on and off the ice, having graduated high school since competing in PyeongChang and making it through her first semester of college where she happily passed all her classes. The short track speedskater also attended her high school prom and had the honor or being named to Teen Vogue’s list of “21 Under 21.”
14) Gus Kenworthy, Freestyle Skiing
THEN: The 2014 silver medalist who attended his second Olympics in 2018 — but his first as an openly gay athlete — didn’t quite have the slopestyle run he wanted, finishing the Games in 12th.
NOW: While Kenworthy has been dipping his ski boots in the acting world — most recently as a guest judge on his favorite show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — the 27-year-old just landed his biggest role to date, playing Emma Roberts’ boyfriend on season nine of “American Horror Story.”
15) Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Ice Hockey
THEN: Was on the winning hockey team that defeated Team Canada in a 3-2 shoot-out to win gold for the first time in 20 years.
NOW: The three-time Olympic ice hockey player welcomed her first child into the world with husband Anthony (who trains both Monique and her twin sister and fellow hockey player Jocelyne). Mickey Salvatore was born on Dec. 11 and a month later got a brand-new cousin when Jocelyne welcomed her baby boy, Nelson Maurice, into the world. Future hockey teammates, perhaps?
16) John Shuster, Curling
THEN: As the captain, Shuster led Team USA to an unexpected win, becoming the first American team to ever win gold in curling.
NOW: With four Olympic Games under his belt, “Shoostie” as he is often called, is no stranger to the limelight, but this past year has been a busy one. The 36-year-old has appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” dropped the puck for the NHL Stadium Series game featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals and attended the State Dinner at The White House.
17) Maia and Alex Shibutani, Figure Skating
THEN: The two-time Olympians and two-time bronze medalists earned their impressive hardware in PyeongChang (ice dance and team event). They are the second sibling duo to ever share an ice dance Olympic medal, and the first from the U.S.
NOW: The siblings who compete together also share their time off the ice. The duo attended the Golden Globes, the US Open in New York, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards and in September Vogue magazine named them among “34 Stars Who Continue To Shine On A Global Stage.”
18) Meghan Duggan, Ice Hockey
THEN: The captain for the U.S. women’s team is a three-time Olympian and three-time medalist, but in PyeongChang Duggan got her coveted gold when the women won for the first time since the sport made its Olympic debut 20 years earlier.
NOW: In front of many of the same smiling faces who shared that gold medal with her, Duggan said “I do” to Gillian Apps, a three-time Olympic champion for Canada, in Maine in September. But their moment at the altar wasn’t the first time the two had faced off; the longtime rivals on the ice had played against one another at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics before Apps retired from her national team.