Most-decorated Olympian Michael Phelps, 27, is thinking about improving his golf game and traveling. Gold medalist Victoria Pendleton, 31, is looking forward to getting married and doing ''normal stuff.'' Misty Elizabeth May-Treanor, 35, is carting her beach volleyball gold medal home to focus on family.
As the London Games come to an end, some 30-odd retiring Olympians face the daunting question - what's next?
For world-class athletes who have focused their lives on training, their next Olympian task has no direct path: Readjusting to a routine outside competitive sports and creating a new life that may or may not involve the limelight.
The challenges have given rise to a small field of advisers who specialize in helping retiring athletes cope with what can be an abrupt change.
''These people have a strong Olympic identity; they see themselves only as athletes. Unless they have good friendships and connections outside of sport, it can be quite painful,'' says Misha Botting, a s...