And yes, when I first heard skaters, years ago, say that no one knew what they did, it surprised me too. Even as recently as when I read that Tessa Virtue's college class started discussing the psychology of athletes and no one in the room (this was pre-Olympics) knew she was a high-level figure skater.
It is funny that their peers are oblivous to people we practically worship.
I was a serious classical musician in high school who played in good metropolitan orchestras, went to Interlochen for camp, won blue ribbons in state competitions and played in state honors orchestra. My immediate friends, with whom I also did local band, choir and musicals, obviously knew what I did. But if anyone else knew, the violin part just added to my burden of being a glasses-wearing dweeb who took AP classes.