Two weeks ago, you hardly knew Ryan Lochte, and you most likely would’ve walked right past Missy Franklin and Gabrielle Douglas without flinching unless they were wearing gold medals around their necks. But the Olympics have made them huge celebrities — albeit the rare breed of celebrity that only blooms once every four years. But before they begin to wilt in the shade, you can expect to see them take their victory laps on the talk-show circuit, beginning tonight. Douglas will sit down with Jay Leno, while David Letterman welcomes decathlon champ Ashton Eaton. The entire women’s gymnastics team will visit Letterman tomorrow, and Leno will host Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte later this week.
For these athletes, these close-ups are almost as crucial as their Olympic performances themselves, for America is now watching to see if their favorite Olympian has the aura and magnetism to appear in lackluster movies, dance in a reality show contest, or become a morning-show correspondent. America truly loves its heroes.
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