Olympic Athletes Who Made Themselves a Ton of Money: BR5

BR5Daily ShowAugust 16, 2012

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The Olympics are over. Sad, we know. With the excitement of London still relatively fresh in our minds, we at BR5 thought it might be a great opportunity to look back on seven Olympians who cashed in at the 2012 games.

At No. 7, Allyson Felix did some modeling for Nike before the games, but after her stellar performance in London, it’s almost a certainty that she’ll be fighting off endorsement opportunities with a stick.

At No. 6 is Alex Morgan. This gorgeous soccer star was more than marketable after her incredible World Cup performance last year. If that wasn’t enough, her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue appearance definitely caught some people’s attention. Now that she has a gold medal, you may see too much of Morgan over the next few months, if that’s even possible.

At No. 5, Oscar Pistorius is a marketing giant in the making. A double amputee who reached the semifinals in the 400-meters is as inspirational a story as you can get.

At No. 4 is Michael Phelps. No doubt about him on this list. If you’ve watched television in the last four years, you’ve seen Phelps talking about sandwiches. Now that he’s the greatest Olympian ever, he’ll have first choice over which products he decides to peddle.  

At No. 3 is Usain Bolt. He’s another big name we all knew very well before London. Speculation crept in that he was mortal; Bolt silenced that after his first medal opportunity in London. The guy blew by the competition and is saying he may make an appearance in Rio.

At No. 2 is Missy Franklin. Billed as the female Michael Phelps, Franklin didn’t disappoint. She snagged four gold medals and at 6'0" despite being only 17 years old, Madison Avenue is surely drooling over an opportunity to work with Missy!

And finally at No. 1 is Gabby Douglas. With her incredible performances winning all-around gold and team gold, plus a beautiful smile, there's no doubt Gabby is America’s sweetheart!

So there you have it. Any marketable Olympians we missed above? Let us know below!


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