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8 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Olympians

04 Aug 2016 | By Tim Mworia | @timworia

Celebrities Who Were Once Olympians

1. Ronda Rousey
8 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Olympians
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Before she was a lethal MMA fighter, before a role in Furious 7, before she drop kicked poor love struck Turtle and pinned him into submission in 2015’s Entourage, before "bringing it" with The Rock at WrestleMania 31, Ronda was an Olympian. She represented the US in judo at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 where she won a bronze medal.

2. Caitlyn Jenner
8 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Olympians
The world’s most famous transgender was once the world’s most famous Olympic decathlete. As Bruce Jenner, his athletics career was nothing short of heroic. He might have won gold at Montreal 1976 but no one could have predicted his emergence. He was an unimpressive tenth at the previous edition in Munich 72 before gaining a fiery determination to be the best and starting to train "6–8 hours a day, every day, 365 days a year."

3. The Winklevoss Twins
8 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Olympians
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The Winklevii may be more famous for the epic tech beef with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Their privileged douchebags portrayal in 2010 movie The Social Network was harsh but Aaron Sorkin at least got one thing right, the brothers are top notch rowers. They rowed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finishing sixth in the standings.

4. Princess Anne
8 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Olympians
The mostly unheard of only daughter of Queen Elizabeth has had her fair share of bursts into the limelight; from a kidnapping attempt to Andy Murray almost damaging her royal face with a Great Britain flag. Her biggest spotlight though came as an Equestrian at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal where she rode her mother’s horse Goodwill.

5. Harold Sakata
8 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Olympians
The Japanese-American gained global fame as Bond villain Oddjob (one of cinema’s great villains) in the 1964 film Goldfinger. He may have been no match for Sean Connery’s James Bond but no one could touch him as a professional weightlifter. He lifted 410 kg’s at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.

6. Suzy Favor Hamilton
8 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Olympians
Suzy’s is an incredible story of glory, ignominy and redemption. A prolific middle distance runner, she represented the US at Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. She gained notoriety when she later turned to prostitution, becoming an escort in Las Vegas under the alias Kelly Lundy. She was discovered in 2012, later admitting it and attributing it to living with misdiagnosed bipolar.

7. Dolph Lundgren
8 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Olympians
If you’re an action movie buff then you are familiar with this Swedish big cheese. You’ve seen him in The Expendables series, Rocky IV and as Frank Castle in 1989’s The Punisher. It’s no wonder then that with such physical prowess, Dolph has an Olympics history. He was part of the U.S. Olympic Modern Pentathlon team at Atlanta 96 but only as a non-competing member to help promote the image of the sport.

8. Hillary Wolf
8 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Olympians
You may remember her as Megan McAllister, Macaulay Culkin’s sister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Hillary dropped acting to follow a judo career. She went on to represent the US at Athens 1996 and Sydney 2000.

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