BALLANGER Félicia (1971) France / Cycling
Having largely dominated the Sydney Games, where she picked up two more gold medals in the sprint event and the 500 metre time trials (in which she held the world record), the French indoor cycling champion decided to end her career. She had an impressive list of victories, collecting prizes and world championship titles. She will remain a living cycling legend for many years to come.It was in the United States at the Atlanta Games that the public at large first discovered this physically impressive champion capable of starts that stunned her opponents. Having already won the world title for track cycling, the French woman outclassed herself at the Atlanta games in 1996. She won the track event having eliminated the Estonian Salumaee in the heats, who was the holder of two Olympic titles in this event.