Olympians: we marvel over their incredible talent. We obsess over what they eat, who they date, and how they stay so fit.

But here’s one thing we really should pay attention to: how they give back. Many Olympic athletes use their fame as a platform for good, starting foundations, and helping to bring light to important global issues. (There is even an organization, Athletes for Hope, that connects athletes, including Olympians, to charitable causes.) As the 2014 Olympic games begin in Sochi this week, here is a look at some of our favorite Olympic do gooders, past and present:
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