WHAT HAPPENS TO OLYMPIC ATHLETES AFTER THE GAMES END?,
ON ABC NEWS' "20/20," FRIDAY, AUGUST 29
Plus: Should the Golden Gate Bridge Be Changed to Deter Suicide Jumping?
Click Author Bill Tancer Talks with Elizabeth Vargas About
Exposing People's Internet Habits
More Americans followed the Olympics than ever before, but what happens to all the athletes when the lights go black? Chris Connelly reports on how many are often ill-prepared for the "morning after," following the years they've spent training, and how some Olympic athletes choose the kind of gold they can put in their pockets -- through sponsorships -- on "20/20," FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
And: The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most admired structures in the world, but it's also what the San Francisco Chronicle has described as a "lethal beauty." Since it opened in 1937, the number of suicides from the bridge has totaled over 1200, the most of any single location in the world. Few events have stirred as much controversy over the lack of an effective suicide barrier as when filmmaker Eric Steel decided to record the suicides that occurred at the bridge over the course of 2004. He taped 23 of the 24 suicides from that year, and in 2006 released a documentary showing scenes of some of the jumps. He was both praised and condemned for his choices. As Bob Brown reports, the documentary has been called "irresponsible," "exploitive," "voyeuristic," "ghastly" and "immoral," while others have praised Steel and consider his film a call to action to build a higher fence on the bridge to deter potential jumpers. This report originally aired in October, 2006.
Also: Remember when people kept their most intimate secrets under lock and key in their diaries? Now companies are able to find out all about someone's fears, desires and fantasies, and without that person even knowing it. Elizabeth Vargas interviews Bill Tancer, author of the new book Click, who believes that we are what we click with every search we conduct on the internet. He says the number-one search is adult entertainment, and that the type of sites a person visits can reveal whether one is a woman or man, or even a democratic or a republican.
"20/20" is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is executive producer.