Elizabeth Beisel, a retired, three-time U.S. Olympic swimmer, is a contestant on the 39th season of “Survivor,” which premieres Sept. 25.
Beisel is not the first Olympian to compete in the show’s two-decade history. She retired in 2017 at age 25 after earning Olympic silver and bronze medals, plus the 2011 World title in the 400m individual medley.
Previously, Athens 2004 4x400m runner Crystal Cox was a castaway in 2008, two years before she admitted to using performance enhancing-drugs during her career, which led to her being retroactively stripped of an Olympic gold medal. The 1988 Olympic swimmer Katrina Radke was on in 2017 and the first person voted off.
“Australian Survivor” featured Olympic champion swimmer Shane Gould (fifth-season winner), gold medalist aerials skier Lydia Lassila and bronze medalist water polo player Nicola Zagame.
Beisel’s close friend from training at the University of Florida, 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, competed on the second season of “Celebrity Big Brother” earlier this year, along with Summer and Winter Olympian Lolo Jones.
Lochte and a host of Olympians have competed on “Dancing with the Stars.”
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