FRASER Dawn (1937) Australia / Swimming
Dawn Fraser ended her swimming career in '64 after having committed a mistake. She was suspended for ten years from all competition for having tried to steal the Olympic flag that was fluttering over the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. A crime of lèse-majesté.However, such a champion did not deserve to be dishonoured, having won four Olympic titles for the 100 m freestyle in '56, '60 and '64, as well as in the 4x100 m relay. On top of this, she won four silver medals.In spite of her deed, she was named Australian woman of the year in 1964. She later went into politics. For a while she was considered for the job of lighting the Olympic bowl at the Sydney 2000 Games, but the organisers finally chose Aboriginal athlete Cathy Freeman.Despite this, the president of the IOC invited her to the opening ceremony. There she played the role of "first lady", replacing the wife of Juan Antonio Samaranch, who was very ill.