KRAYZELBURG Lenny (1975) United States / Swimming
Having been trained at the tough Ukrainian school until the early Nineties and long considered a promising Soviet swimmer, Lenny Krayzelburg emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1989 to avoid military service.There he worked as a pool attendant. But one victory as a junior would decide his fate. He enrolled at university in California and became the world champion in the 100 and 200m backstroke the following year. In the meantime he became an American citizen.In Sydney in 2000, the economics major proved his good form by winning the 100 and 200m backstroke, his specialities. He collected a third gold medal with the US 4x100m medley relay team.