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Mark Spitz and more golden TV Olympians

Swimmer Mark Spitz shows five of the gold

Swimmer Mark Spitz shows five of the gold medals he won at the Munich Olympics. (August 31, 1972) Credit: AP, 1972

As the Olympics continue into their final week, here are five gold medalists who parlayed their triumphs into prime-time appearances of another sort:

1. MARK SPITZ -- The swimmer who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Games appeared in a 1974 episode of the action drama "Emergency," playing a character who accidentally shot his wife (played by Spitz's real-life wife, Suzy).

2. SUMMER SANDERS -- The two-time 1992 Olympic gold-medalist swimmer hosted the Nickelodeon game show "Figure It Out" (1997-99), co-hosted "Skating With Celebrities" (2006) and appeared on "The Celebrity Apprentice" (2010).

3. KERRI WALSH-JENNINGS -- The 2004 and '08 beach volleyball medalist had a guest-starring role in a 2006 episode of "CSI: Miami" along with several other AVP Volleyball players.

4. NASTIA LIUKIN -- The 2008 gold-medal gymnast appeared in a "Gossip Girl" episode that year, sharing a scene with Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair (Leighton Meester) at the Snowflake Ball.

5. SHAWN JOHNSON -- Another 2008 gold-medal gymnast, she appeared in two episodes of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (2008 and 2010) and will be back this fall on the all-star edition of "Dancing With the Stars" (she won the show's eighth season in 2009).

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