DRECHSLER Heike (1964) Germany / Track and field
Having abandoned athletics for a while to be with her son, Heike Drechsler dedicated to him her gold medal won in the long jump at the Barcelona games of '92. In spite of a no more than ordinary jump of 7.14 m, she won a title that she richly deserved.Beforehand, Drechsler had dominated the competition during ten years without winning any major titles. Back in contention in Sydney and in spite of tough competition from Russia's Tatiana Kotova, who had won all the season's major meetings, and Marion Jones, who was attempting to win five gold medals, Heike Drechsler again found herself on the top step of the podium for a title justly praised by the spectators in the Olympic Stadium. At the age of 35, it was her last competition. The bet paid off.