ELSTROEM Paul (1928) Denmark/ Yachting
He was the greatest sailor of all time and certainly the most faithful to the games having taken part in nine Olympics. That's an absolute record.Elvstroem won his first gold medal in Torquay Bay, England, during the games of '48 and ended his career on the water at the Kiel games in Germany in '72 and Seoul in 1988, where he celebrated his 60th birthday. The winner in Helsinki, Melbourne and Rome from 1952 to 60, this son of a captain of an ocean liner won four Olympic golds and eleven world titles in seven different categories of boat. He is the inventor of the position known as "the trapeze", whereby a sailor leans outside the yacht to stabilise the boat and observe his opponents.Apart from being a tireless sailor, Elvstroem is also a shrewd businessman and created his own boat-making company.