The 2012 London Olympics are officially underway and we can’t wait to see which athletes will take home bronze, silver and gold medals this year — and which stars will make their way into the pop culture lexicon.
There are many Olympic athletes who have gone on to become celebrities and pop culture icons, and we can’t include them all, we’ve picked out 12 shining stars who have gone from unknown athletes to world-renowned superstars and celebrities.
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