ZAMOLODTCHIKOVA Elena (1985) Russia / Gymnastics
The little Russian gymnast was her country's main hope for the Sydney 2000 games, due to veritable Russian team leader Svetlana Khorkina's emotionalism. However, in the all-round team competition, Khorkina fell on the asymmetric bars, and Zamolodtchikova fell of the beam. The Russian dolls fnished in second place behind the Romanians.For the individual apparatus, Zamolodtchikova made a great and magnificent comeback, winning gold for the floor exercises and the vaulting horse, whilst Khorkina won gold on the fixed bar. With two gold medals and silver, the young Russian champion's games were far from being a failure.