Some athletes may end their sporting careers after competing in the Olympics. Many go on to be successful elsewhere. The Washington Post has a list of Olympians who went into politics.
- Fmr. Sen. Bill Bradley (Basketball, 1964 Olympics)
- Fmr. Rep. Tom McMillen (Basketball, 1972 Olympics)
- Fmr. Rep. Jim Ryun (Track 1964, 1968, 1973 Olympics)
- Michelle Kwan (works for State Dept., husband running for RI Governor)
- Mitt Romney (President, Salt Lake City Planning Committee)