The young women dubbed the "Fierce Five" will be presenting at the MTV Video Music Awards. Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber all recently brought home gold medals for their gymnastics team performance during the 2012 Olympic Games. Fans will be able to see the teens hit the stage on Thursday, September 6, 2012, on MTV. They are not the only Olympians to ever present at the VMAs. Here is a look at five other years that featured one or more Olympic athletes.
Magic Johnson was a basketball legend in the 1980s and 1990s. Though the popular star emotionally admitted that he had acquired AIDS and later felt that he had to retire from basketball, he still managed to help the USA's original "Dream Team" get a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. In 1992, Johnson appeared as a presenter at the VMAs. Despite widespread misunderstandings about AIDS, many fans had ended up rallying around the basketball player and he helped smash many of those misunderstandings.
Both Venus and Serena Williams presented at the VMAs in 2003. After the pair of tennis champions started taking the tennis world by storm in the late 1990s, they became media sensations. By 2003, the sisters were naming Justin Timberlake as the award winner for Best Male Video.
Gold medalist Misty May-Treanor and her beach volleyball partner, Kerri Walsh, joined Carly Patterson, a gold medal winning gymnast, and Kaitlin Sandeno, who brought home the gold for swimming, in appearing at the 2004 VMAs. All four had won gold medals in the 2004 Olympic Games. The group was presenting the Viewer's Choice Award to Linkin Park.
Michael Phelps was just coming back from a record setting performance at the 2008 Olympic Games when he appeared as a presenter at the 2008 VMAs. He had won eight gold medals and was showing them off on a massive media tour. For a time, it seemed he was appearing everywhere and the VMAs were no exception.
Shaun White, who was joined by singer Miley Cyrus presented the award for Best Rock Video to the Foo Fighters in 2011. White is a top skateboarder and snowboarder. He has won Olympic medals in snowboarding but, so far, skateboarding is not an Olympic sport. However, he hopes to someday soon be able to compete in the sport at the Olympics and it is possible that skateboarding will be added to the 2016 Olympics.
Though Kristin Watt is not a fan of all sports, she does follow the news on most sports religiously. Major news events in sport do tend to ripple out to others and she makes sure that she never misses the big stories.
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