PS: Favorite American Olympic Reality TV Competitor

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If reality television show competitions were certified as an Olympic event, which American Olympian in their prime would be your favorite? *former American Olympians who have appeared on a reality TV series

See the partial list of reality show competitors with Olympic credentials here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls063631222/
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I suggest including Meryl Davis on the list as she actually won her season.

When she was still Bruce Kaitlyn Jenner was also on the classic one-season reality show Skating with Celebrities. ABC's version Skating with the Stars aired four years later and featured Jonny Mosely.

I also suggest bolding or in some other way notating when they actually won the show.

Summer Sanders was also on Team Rachel on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.

Brandi Chastain was on Splash AKA Diving with the Stars.

Olympians who appeared on MTV's The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros:
Lindsey Jacobellis - snowboarder
Gus Kenworthy - freestyle skier
Louise Hazel - runner
Lolo Jones - runner and bobsledder
Louie Vito - snowboarder
Kim Glass - volleyball player
Shawn Johnson - gymnast
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Thanks for the feedback. I originally had Meryl Davis on the initial version of this poll suggestion, but she eventually got cut due to space considerations. I was on the fence about trimming her from the list, as she won Gold in a high profile Olympic event. But, I always try to leave a few spots for future competitors and cut her and some other lower profile participants. I added her back  onto the list along with winner Adam Rippon (Season 26), as I assume you are making a fair point that their wins trump their lower profiles compared to the other listees.

Both are part of an elite group of “Dancing with the Stars” champions along with Apolo Anton Ohno (Season 4), Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6), Shawn Johnson (Season 8), Meryl Davis (Season 18) and Laurie Hernandez (Season 23). The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice have no Olympians as their season champions. I noted each in champion red as a season winner next to their reality TV series appearance.

Nancy Kerrigan (partner), Summer Sanders (host), Scott Hamilton (host) and Dorothy Hamill (judge) also appear with Bruce Kaitlyn Jenner on Skating with Celebrities (2006).  I also added the MTV's The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros and Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off next to the Olympians, Lolo Jones(MTV only) and Shawn Johnson.

Some of the other TV competitions are just head-to-head competitions or I just simply don't know who won their competitions. Also, I did leave some other reality competition shows off the notes to prevent the list becoming cluttered with short-lived or not well watched TV competitions. I like the poll idea as Olympians seem to make up a fair part of the reality competitor pool on television.
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I didn't include the ice skaters on Skating with Celebrities because I considered them the "pros" like the dancing partners on DwtS.
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No, I realize that and you likely knew. I only note the fact  in the post above, since I added their appearance to the list, but noted they held some other role
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FYC: If you add Special Olympians you could Victoria Arlen who appeared on Dancing with the Stars. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9254557/
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Thanks, it is worth considering, but already cutting many Olympians due to space considerations. Thanks for the suggestion.
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