Now that the torch has been extinguished, the medals have been awarded and fans have received serenades from John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and—for some reason—George Michael, one big question remains: Which athletes really cleaned up at the 2012 Games? Beyond the obvious winners (Gabby Douglas, Ryan Lochte and all-time champ Michael Phelps), who will come out on top of the Olympics endorsements game?
First place is a lock: This week’s all-out media blitz by the gymnastics team will include appearances on The Tonight Show, The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, The Colbert Report…you get the idea. The always-prescient New York Post predicts “hundreds” of endorsement offers for Douglas alone.
But how fares the rest of the US squad? Swimming is generally the most popular event beyond gymnastics, so what about gold medalists Dana Vollmer, Alison Schmidt (check out her record-setting 200-meter freestyle performance) and 17-year-old Missy Franklin, 2012’s most decorated female athlete? Oh, and we almost forgot three-time gold medalist runner Allyson Felix, along with Alex Morgan, who led the US women’s soccer team to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Japan, and David Boudia, the first American to win diving gold since 1992.
Now it’s your turn: Which American Olympians will make big bank as spokespeople (we’ve narrowed the list down to gold medalists, silver medalists, and those who just seem to love publicity)?
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