Olympic Athletes Who Scored as Actors
After competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London (and becoming famous for her unparalleled facial expressions) as a part of the U.S. women's gymnastics team, McKayla Maroney tried her hand at acting. The athlete did a six-episode stint on Hart of Dixie as Tonya (pictured above), and dropped by one 2013 episode of Bones.
In her Olympic debut in London in 2012, swimmer Missy Franklin picked up five medals, including four gold, so it only made sense that she follow up all that hardware by stopping by Pretty Little Liars to inspire the show's big swimmer, Emily, played by Shay Mitchell. Franklin is competing again in 2016.
Michael Phelps made his Olympics debut in 2000, and went on earn more than a dozen gold medals as a swimmer. Competing again at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Phelps played himself in one 2008 episode of Entourage.
Apolo Ohno became a household name thanks to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. The gold-medal winning speed skater, who went on to compete in the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Olympics, hit the small screen in 2012, playing Seth Burgess in one episode of Hawaii Five-0.
After competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics, Ryan Lochte became a star (and a meme) with the 2012 Olympics. The gold medal-winning swimmer earned two acting credits in 2012, playing himself in episodes of 30 Rock (pictured above) and 90210.
Gymnast Shawn Johnson competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics and took home gold. The same year, she played herself in a 2008 episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, returning to the show in 2010.
Snowboarder Shaun White, who took home gold at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, hit the big screen in 2011, playing himself in Friends With Benefits.
Star gymnast Gabby Douglas, who took home gold at the 2012 Olympics, booked a gig in an episode of The Vampire Diaries the same year, playing an unnamed girl.
Serena Williams picked up gold medals at the 2000, 2008, and 2012 Olympics, and also earned a handful of acting credits during that time. The star athlete popped up in episodes of My Wife and Kids, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Bernie Mac Show, and Drop Dead Diva (pictured above), and played Agent Ross in 2004's Hair Show.
Harold Sakata landed silver at the 1948 London Olympics for weightlifting, but saw gold soon after, starring in 1964's Goldfinger.
Michael Jordan competed in the 1984 and 1992 Olympics as a part of the U.S. men's basketball team, and made a celebrated turn on the big screen a few years later, starring in 1996's Space Jam.