MIN GAO (1970), China / Diving
On account of a stiff foot arch, Min Gao (who has been dubbed "the little devil") practices stretching her toes and has to attach her feet to her bed at night to try to straighten them while she sleeps. Such determination in the face of problems would be crowned with success. In Barcelona this Chinese diver kept the medal she won on the 3 meter springboard during the 1988 Seoul Games. Afterwards, she retired from competition and emigrated to the United States. She showed that China is now the top country in this discipline. Her fellow countrywoman, Mingxia Fu, also won a medal in Barcelona for the high dive which she repeated in Atlanta, four years later.