BLATNICK Jeffrey (1957) United States / Wrestling
This American giant won the gold medal for the 130 kg category in the wrestling event at the 1984 Los Angeles games. Before accomplishing this feat, he first had to fight a terrible battle against cancer. He underwent chemotherapy and surgery to remove his spleen. However, on the Californian Olympic podium, his thoughts were with his brother, who had died in a motorbike accident a few years earlier, and to whom, with tears in his eyes, his hands joined and his eyes turned towards the sky, he dedicated his medal.