FLESSEL Laura (1972) France / Fencing
This young woman from Guadeloupe faced a cruel dilemma in the final of the epee event in Atlanta in '96. She had to fight against her French team-mate Valérie Barlois. This fight she won. Both, however, were successful several days later when they lead the French team to victory in the team event. Laura Flessel thus became a double gold medallist at these games.She confirmed her supremacy in the following three years, winning three world championship titles. But she was not in good form in Sydney, and had to content herself with a bronze medal in the epée after completely failing in the team competition.