VAN ALMSICK Franziska (1978) Germany / Swimming
In the swimming pool in Barcelona, this young German simmer astonished the world by picking up 4 medals at the tender age of 14. Third in the 100 m and 4x100 m freestyle, she was silver medallist in the 200 m and 4x100 m medley relay.Afterwards the media and sponsors fought over her, since she has an irreproachable physique.Trained for the gold at Atlanta in 1996, the young German was disappointing, carrying out exactly the same performance as in Barcelona. She was again third in the 100 m freestyle and 4x100 m relay and second in the 200 m and 4x200 relay.A star of television shows and sports adverts, she didn't neglect affairs in the pool either, picking up several European and World titles. She had said that she would retire after the Sydney games and her third place in the 4x200 m freestyle relay has probably made up her mind.