CASLAVSKA Vera (1942) Czech Republic / Gymnastics
Having been triumphant at the 1964 Tokyo games winning three gold medals, one for the all-around competition, one for vaulting and one for the beam, success stayed with her four years later at the Mexico games. This radiant gymnast, whose physique was somewhat different from that of today's baby champions, collected four individual gold medals, one of which was for the all-around competition. She would have won the Grand Slam, but a fault she committed on the beam exercise prevented her from winning a fifth gold medal. During these games, she married fellow countryman and athlete Odlozil, who won the silver medal in the 1500 m. She went on to collect European and world titles, winning more than 35 medals throughout her career. Having trained in ice dancing and in ballet at the opera in Prague, Caslavska - whose nickname is "the divine" - is considered the greatest gymnast of all time. On retirement, Vera Caslavska-Odlozil became president of the Czech Olympic committee.