Reality TV stars had to vacate their front-row seats to make room for the new celebrities of the season: athletes. Enjoying a post-Olympics popularity spike, athletes—from dainty gymnasts to burly hockey stars— presided over a different kind of court in September.

Gymnast Nastia Liukin, who won a gold medal for all-around gymnastics in Beijing, fittingly wore a gold Peter Som dress to the designer’s New York show. She also attended Badgley Mischka, along with fellow gold medalist, retired swimmer Amanda Beard, who modeled during the week. Swimmer Dara Torres, who, at 41, came out of retirement to win a silver medal in Beijing, walked the runway at Charles Nolan.

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