Posted: Aug 09, 2012 7:00 AM
 
The 2012 London Olympics are underway! We can't wait to see which Olympic stars will make their way into pop culture. Many Olympic athletes have become celebrities and we've picked out five shining stars who have gone from hardworking athletes to world-renowned superstars and celebrities. Here’s our list of Olympians, turned parents, turned celebs.

Contributed by Celebrity Baby Scoop

Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard is a seven-time Olympic medalist. Now mom to nearly 3-year-old son Blaise, the award-winning swimmer is also a model and author. Of her modeling career, the stunning 30-year-old blonde, said, "If people want to shoot me, I will pose."

While she was originally planning to compete in the London Summer Games, she did not qualify for her fifth Olympics -- but there is a silver lining according to the blonde beauty.

"My husband and I want to start trying to have a second child. So there's a silver lining. Baby number two -- that's a good thing for me," Amanda said.

Kerri Walsh

Kerri Walsh, known as "Six-feet of Sunshine" with her partner Misty May-Treanor are called "the greatest beach volleyball team of all time." Currently competing at the 2012 London Olympics, Kerri opened up about branching outside of athletics onto the small screen.

"Misty is the one with the acting chops. I had one line when we did CSI: Miami and there was one word in that line," Kerri said of her acting debut. "I can't tell you how nervous I was. I'm shocked I was able to move my lips!"

Kerri (who is mom to sons, Joey, 3 and Sundance, 2) said that she and husband, fellow volleyball star Casey Jennings, plan to stick with what they're good at -- volleyball and making babies!

"The goal and the plan are to win gold in London and then get pregnant right away," Kerri said. "I would love, love, love to see what a little girl of ours would look like. I would love to have a daddy's little girl for my husband. It is in God's hands, and if we have another boy, I would be so blessed too."

Shannon Miller

Considered one of the greatest gymnasts in U.S. history, Shannon Miller holds seven Olympic and nine World Championship medals. Now mom to 2-year-old son Rocco, the 35-year-old athlete is currently broadcasting from the London Games. The former athlete is also a cancer survivor and has dedicated her life to helping others with serious health conditions.

"I host my weekly radio show dealing with health issues and I am the host of the Health & Wellness Channel's Wish List with Shannon Miller where I travel the country granting wishes to those that are facing life threatening health issues," Shannon said.

After being diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor (a form of ovarian cancer) when her son was 15-months-old, Shannon underwent surgery and chemotherapy. The Olympic champion has since created the Look Good...Feel Better program for people going through cancer.

"The Look Good...Feel Better program gives back much of what cancer treatment takes away... your identity," Shannon said. "Losing your hair isn't just vanity. You lose your hair, eyebrows, eyelashes... you lose that face in the mirror. Women worry about what others think and can also lose their confidence. The Look Good...Feel Better program isn't just about makeup, it's about giving you back a piece of you that was lost. Through these workshops you learn how to take care of your newly sensitive skin, how to apply certain makeup and which ones are best during this time. You learn how to tie scarves, wear wigs and where you can get soft caps. The best thing is that you get a couple hours to forget about what has been taken away and simply enjoy friendships and community... and laugh! Unless you or someone you love has been through cancer treatment it can feel like a different world. Look Good...Feel Better helps you navigate that world."

Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi is a force to be reckoned with! She is an Olympic ice skating champion, the first woman to win Dancing with the Stars, an author, and now she's taking on her own fashion line, Tsu.ya. Mom to two daughters (Keara, 8 and Emma, 6) with hockey star husband Bret Hedican, Kristi is also the founder of the Always Dream Foundation.

"A portion of the proceeds goes to the Always Dream Foundation, which focuses on early childhood literacy," Kristi said of her new activewear line. "We are in our sixteenth year now, and, being a small foundation, we are very proud that we have been able to go on now for 16 years. Now we are ramping things up and extending our board. Both of my girls are in public schools in California, and we wanted to make a difference there. We have focused on early childhood literacy, because we want to help children build the foundation for success not only in school, but also in life. Under our program Always Reading, we are launching two programs in six different schools in California this year. We hope to expand that as time goes on."

Tonya Harding

And then there's two-time Olympian Tonya Harding!

The figure skater became a household name not for her athletic talents, but for the drama she was involved with regarding a violent attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan.

Her first marriage to Jeff Gillooly ended in divorce after Gillooly hired an associate to attack Harding's fellow 1994 Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan with a baseball bat. Harding later admitted to covering up the incident. She was fined, given three years probation and barred from competing in the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships.

She later pursued a short career in female boxing.

And these days, she's playing the role of mommy. Tonya and her third husband, Joseph Price, became first-time parents in February 2011. At age 40, the controversial former figure skating champion gave birth to a baby boy.

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