Post-Olympic games, we're imagining that Michael Phelps is on a snuggle-bender with Boomer, while simultaneously chowing down on cheese fries. The Final Five have probably planted their (rock-solid) booties on the beach and are likely responding to 6,000 unread texts. Because after years of grueling workouts, strict diets, and early bedtimes, the athletes are probably in serious need of some chill time.
But what happens when they’ve quit the competition for good? We spoke to five former Olympians about dealing with identity crises, changing bodies, and the newfound freedom to do whatever you damn well please. (Rio retirees—take notes.)