MATHIAS Bob (1930) United States / Track and field
Before England's Daley Thomson in the 80s, American Bob Mathias was considered to be the best decathlete in the world.He won two consecutive titles in 1948 and 1952 in London and Helsinki.When he won his first title, he was not yet 18. He retired from athletics after his second gold medal win. But Mathias was by no means worn out physically, as he only went in for two or three competitions a year. From then on he was able to devote himself to the cinema, where he appeared in the film "Maciste". He would even become a Californian representative in the American Congress after embarking on a career in politics.