She won three medals, graduated Magna Cum Laude and worked for IBM.
Mirai Nagasu wore Hou's earrings when she became the first U.S. Olympian to land a triple axel.
The opportunity to represent your country at the Olympic Games is something only a determined few get to do.
"It was a defining moment in my life," says eight-time medalist Apolo Ohno.
"There's a lot of work done in the dark," says the Olympian.
Mikaela Shiffrin sits down with CNBC to share how someone should pursue their dreams no matter what you're going through.
"All my life I've been fighting."
You already have everything you need.
Being low on sleep could actually help you, some athletes think.
"I feel like dreams are always a little tricky."
"Don't take it too seriously," says Red Gerard.
4 U.S. Olympic medalists sat down with CNBC and discussed what to do in order to succeed in life.
"We may not be able to change the beginning of things, but we can always change the ending," Amy Purdy says.
They know what it takes to be successful.
"What we've found is this is much larger than sports. This is about everyone in life."
Top athletes who are hoping to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics explain what it takes to crush your goals.
Gus Kenworthy, Mikaela Shiffrin, Mirai Nagasu and other winter sports athletes share advice on achieving goals, as they look forward to the 2018 Winter Olympics.