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SASHA COHEN, 29
Olympic moment: Skated in two Olympics, finishing fourth in 2002 and earning silver in 2006
Today: After 10 years of pro touring, Cohen – who now uses her given name, Alexandra – is a full-time political science major at Columbia University with a boyfriend and a Pomeranian named Pippa. Embracing normality after what she describes as the "one-dimensional" life of a young athlete, she tells PEOPLE, "I ran into Michelle [Kwan] randomly in New York, and we just chatted about school. It's so great to have moved on."
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SARAH HUGHES, 28
Olympic moment: As a member of the 2002 U.S. Olympic team, she vaulted from fourth in the short program to winning gold thanks to a joyous free skate
Today: Hughes is a New York City business entrepreneur, and her pet project is converting a vacant Bronx armory into the world's largest indoor ice facility, complete with academic tutors and skating instruction, to open in 2017. She also works with the nonprofit Figure Skating in Harlem. "The work I do isn't to make kids Olympic champions," Hughes tells PEOPLE. "My goal is to create a supportive environment where they can achieve their goals."
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TARA LIPINSKI, 31
Olympic moment: She remains the Winter Games's youngest individual gold medalist, winning in 1998 at age 15
Today: Lipinski almost immediately went pro with no regrets: "I left everything on the ice that I wanted to," she tells PEOPLE. Now in Sochi with NBC, she skates with friends for fun; you might spot her at New York City's Wollman Rink in Central Park. Despite cameos on TV shows like The Young and the Restless, "I would not consider myself an actress," she says. But, she admits, "I still feel like I have more dreams."
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MICHELLE KWAN, 33
Olympic moment: The five-time world champion and nine-time U.S. champion earned silver in 1998 and bronze in 2002
Today: Is this Rhode Island's next first lady? Last year Kwan, a State Department senior public policy adviser, wed former White House security strategist Clay Pell, who began his run for governor on Jan. 28. Also possibly in her future: kids. At a prenuptial tea ceremony to offer blessings to the couple, her parents, she says, "kept saying in Chinese, 'May you have hundreds of children.'"
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NANCY KERRIGAN, 44
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TONYA HARDING, 43
Olympic moment: A two-time Olympian, finishing fourth in 1992 and eighth in 1994, Harding was banned from the sport after pleading guilty to learning details of Kerrigan's attack afterward and not reporting it
Today: Long divorced from the husband at the center of the 1994 controversy, Harding remarried in 2010 for a third time, and has a young son. "She seems to love being a mom," says filmmaker Nanette Burstein, who spent time with Harding for the recent ESPN documentary The Price of Gold. "But I think it's always hard for her. She's always going to be known as the woman who was somehow involved in the whack heard 'round the world." Says Harding in the film: "Just having my life with my husband and my son, that's what I need, and want, and have."
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KRISTI YAMAGUCHI, 42
Olympic moment: Gold in 1992, after two world and one U.S. championship
Today: Wed to retired NHL hockey player Bret Hedican, Yamaguchi isn't a pushy rink mom. But when daughter Emma, 8, wanted to skate, mom did enlist her former pairs partner Rudy Galindo, the '96 U.S. men's champion, as a teacher. "I don't see it as her passion," says Yamaguchi (whose other daughter, Keara, 10, prefers soccer and softball). "At 8 it was already my thing; it was all I wanted to do. I see it as a different experience for her, but I'm fine with it." Yamaguchi's own passion now: advocating child literacy through her Always Dream Foundation.
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DEBI THOMAS, 46
Olympic moment: The "Battle of the Carmens" ended with Thomas taking bronze in 1988 behind East Germany's gold-winning Katarina Witt, after both skated to music from Bizet's opera
Today: "Everyone said it was impossible to go to college and win a world championship. I was just too stupid to think it was, so I did," says the Richlands, Va., orthopedic surgeon, a proud graduate of Stanford and Northwestern, and now mom to son Luc, 16. Long off the ice, Thomas returned for one tribute show in 2010. "I had to train every day; I got a groin injury!"
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KATARINA WITT, 48
Olympic moment: After winning gold for East Germany in 1984 and 1988, she skated in 1994 – finishing seventh – for a reunified Germany, paying tribute to the war-torn city of Sarajevo, where she first captured gold 10 years earlier
Today: A sports event producer, TV host and actress at home in Berlin, Witt starred as a stalked skater in a 2012 German TV movie – and having quit the ice in 2008, had to train six months for a single minute of choreography. Though each of her Olympics "has their own magic," she says, the 1994 experience carried a special poignancy. "For the first time ever," she says, "my parents were able to be there and watch."
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ROSALYNN SUMNERS, 49
Olympic moment: Silver in 1984, after three national and one world championship
Today: "I don't skate, I don't teach, I don't commentate. I don't really have anything to do with skating anymore, which is kind of nice," says Sumners, who married in 2004 and now works in interior design after stints in home building and running retail shops. As an original Stars on Ice cast member, she says, "I don't miss the athletic part. But I miss the performing." She was back on the ice for a tribute show broadcast earlier this month, and says that afterward, "the pants were feeling kind of different," forcing her to reconsider a return to skating as exercise: "It's good for the old bum!"
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