WALDNER Jan Ove (1965) Sweden / Table tennis
Waldner, who became Olympic table tennis champion in Barcelona in 1992, remained number one in this sport for years. In the final he beat the French player Jean Philippe Gatien who had contested his world championship title a few weeks earlier.Waldner, who had the reputation of being brilliant and unpredictable, went on collecting titles and medals as much in the individual events as in the team events. Besides, he said that victory for Sweden was as important for him as was his own success. Again an Olympic finalist in Sydney, he was beaten to the gold medal by the Chinaman Kong Linghui, only picking up the silver medal.