2012 Olympics Star Power: Amanda Beard

Charting the career arcs of six of the biggest Olympic stars

Amanda Beard at the Grand Opening of SLS Hotel, Los Angeles, CA.     Photo: s_bukley

1996: Wins one gold and two silvers in Atlanta at age 14

2006: Seven medals later, appears in Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition

2007: Loses the swimsuit for Playboy

2008: In Beijing, fails to medal for the first time in Olympic career

2009: Marries photographer Sacha Brown after a tumultuous relationship with Nascar's Carl Edwards; gives birth to first child

2010: Reenters competition; named co-captain of U.S. swim team

2012: Publishes a tell-all memoir recounting struggles with depression, bulimia, drug abuse, and toxic relationships with famous men

PREDICTION: No medals, but book sales spike during the Games

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