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Olympians find second careers in Las Vegas

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Two-time Olympians Carolina Moraes, left, and Isabela Moraes discuss performing in Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas. (FOX5) Two-time Olympians Carolina Moraes, left, and Isabela Moraes discuss performing in Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas. (FOX5)

The opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi took place Friday night, but those in Las Vegas don't have to travel thousands of miles to Russia for a first-hand feel of the games.

Many former Olympians perform in showrooms all along the Las Vegas Strip.

"I don't know what you're talking about because this is hard work," said former Olympian Isabela Moraes after she was asked, sarcastically, how retirement is treating her. "It's different work, but it's hard work."

Isabela and her sister Carolina Moraes are identical twins and two-time Olympians who represented Brazil in the 2000 and 2004 summer games as synchronized swimmers.

After reaching the finals in Athens in 2004, the duo almost immediately bolted to Las Vegas and have been part of Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas for eight years.

"Training for the Olympics is very technical, so strict on synchronization," said Carolina Moraes. "Here at Le Reve we can explore our artistic side completely."

Both sisters believe had they not been Olympic athletes, they would not have performance careers in Las Vegas. 

The pair are two of six Olympians that are part of the show's cast.

Le Reve has turned enemies into friends.

"We actually competed against each other. At one point we were rivals and now we work together," said Isabela Moraes.

Life in a Las Vegas Strip production has been more demanding in many ways versus life as an Olympian.

"We learn theater, we learn dance, we learn percussion. Some synchronized swimmers even do aerials," said Carolina Moraes.

Thankfully, the pay in their professional lives versus their Olympic days does not synchronize.

"It's actually great to have a stable career as a synchronized swimmer. It's perfect," said Isabela Moraes.

The pair plans on working in the production until their real retirement age, many years from now.

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