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DailyBeast: Royal Olympians

Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Princess of Monaco

Call this one a mixed Olympics marriage—Prince Albert II of Monaco competed in five straight Winter Games, from 1988 to 2002, as part of his nation’s bobsled team, while his recent bride, Princess Charlene was a member of South Africa’s swim team at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. The Olympic spirit deep runs in Albert’s family—both his maternal uncle and grandfather won medals in Olympic rowing, and he has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985. And despite being royalty, Prince Albert never requested special treatment when he competed; he stayed in the dorm rooms along with the other members of his team. “"I think it's a must. It's part of the Olympic experience," he told ESPN. “Those who aren't staying there are missing an important part of the experience."

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