JOHNSON Dave (1963), United States / Track and field
This American athlete is probably one of the most famous bronze medallists of the Olympics. He was favourite for the Decathlon at the Barcelona games in 1992 after his compatriot, Dan O'Brien, the World champion was eliminated in the US Championships, but he only came third. But this third place was worth a first place on the podium, so great was the pain the American champion had to endure. He had broken his ankle during the qualifying heats, but held on until the end of the decathlon. The public never knew and booed him from start to finish. He merited the greatest of encouragements.