DEVERS Gail (1966) United States / Track and field
Gail Devers story owes more to fairy tale than it does to reality. A year before the Barcelona games, suffering form a thyroid gland ailment, she was on the verge of having both of her feet amputated when a doctor suggested that she should follow a new course of therapy. The treatment proved to be efficient and thus Gail Devers was able to take part, in Catalonia.Already gold medallist in the 100 m, she almost repeated the feat in the 100 m hurdles, but fell 10 m from the finishing line leaving Patoulidou, the Greek, unknown in athletics, to win the event.Again present four years later in Atlanta, Gail Devers was again on the victor's podium, retaining the 100 m title that she had won in Catalonia. Although she was always considered the world's best 100 metre hurdler in the run-up to the Sydney Games, she pulled a muscle in the semi-final and missed the chance to win a third gold medal.