Wheaties to Feature Olympians and a Look at Other Athletes Honored by the Cereal

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The new Wheaties boxes have been revealed. Michael Phelps and Misty May-Treanor will both be featured on the two new boxes. Phelps has won the most medals of any Olympic athlete and in the 2012 Olympic Games, he picked up an outstanding six medals. May-Treanor won her third consecutive gold medal with her beach volleyball partner Kerrie Walsh. Phelps and May-Treanor are just the latest in a long list of distinguished athletes to appear on the coveted Wheaties box. Here is a look at 10 other athletes who have done the same.

Wilt Chamberlain

In 1972, it was basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain that made it to the cover of the Wheaties box. Though it had been one decade since he made his most famous mark on the sport, earning 100 points in a single basketball game, the player was still a popular figure in the NBA.

Joe DiMaggio

In 1937, it was Joe DiMaggio on the box. During his time with the New York Yankees, DiMaggio established himself as one of the best baseball players in the league. He was a popular figure outside of the baseball world as well.

Dale Earnhardt

Dale Earnhardt was the first NASCAR driver to appear on the Wheaties box twice. The first time was in 1997 and the second time was in 2010. The appearance in 2010 was in remembrance of the late driver.

Lou Gehrig

The first athlete to appear on the box was none other than Lou Gehrig. The distinguished baseball player appeared on the back of the box back in 1934. This came just five years before Gehrig's emotional and iconic farewell speech at Yankee Stadium.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan holds the record for the most appearances on the Wheaties box. He has appeared on the box 18 times, sometime alone and sometimes with his teammates. He was even a spokesman for the cereal in 1988.

Kit Klein

In 1936, Kit Klein was just the third woman to appear on the famous box of cereal. During her prime in the 1930s, she was one of the top female speed skaters in the world. Though she did not win a medal at any Olympic Games, at one time she held the world record in the sport.

Jesse Owens

After winning four gold medals in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, track star Jesse Owens was chosen to be on the Wheaties box. This was the first time an African-American athlete appeared on the box. His image would once again be on the cereal in 2003.

Mary Lou Retton

In 1984, at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California, Mary Lou Retton earned the United States' first medal in gymnastics. By performing a perfect vault, she earned the individual all-around gold medal. She also earned a spot on the front of the Wheaties box and a role as spokeswoman for the brand.

Bob Richards

Up until 1958, the athletes honored on the Wheaties box appeared on the back. In 1958, Bob Richards changed all that by appearing on the front of the box. He also became the first spokesman for the cereal. The pole vaulter had won a second consecutive gold medal in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.

Babe Zaharias

In 1935, Babe Zaharias became the first woman to appear on the box. Though she was best known for her golf skills, Zaharias seemed to be able to excel at almost every sport she tried. In the 1932 Olympics, held in Los Angeles, California, she took home two gold medals for track and field events.

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