AMANAR Simona (1979) Romania / Gymnastics
Simona Amanar had tried for many years to win the overall gymnastics title when fate handed her victory in the competition at the Sydney 2000 games. Although she finished second in the event, she walked away with the gold medal a few days later when her team-mate, Andrea Raducan, was convicted of doping. Raducan had taken cold medicine based on ephedrine, a substance banned by the competition rules.This gold medal won out of competition was to be Simona Amanar's third, having won the team event in Sydney together with compatriots Raducan and Olaru, and the vaulting horse event in Atlanta in 1996.These three Olympic golds come on top of many silver and bronze medals as well as numerous top placings at world championships. She remains one of the best gymnasts of her generation.