MINGXIA FU (1979) China / Diving
Since the early 90s, she has been the best woman diver in the world.Olympic champion on the high springboard in 1992 in Barcelona, she successfully defended her title at Atlanta and also took the gold for acrobatic diving.She was only 14 years old when she won her first title and now figures as one of the youngest Olympic champions of all time. Mingxia Fu had promised to pick up a fourth gold medal at the Sydney Olympics, but just failed to achieve much more. Having won the gold in the acrobatic diving, where she beat team-mate Jingjing Guo, she finished second in the new Olympic discipline of synchronised diving with the same partner. Just two years earlier, the small Chinese woman had given up diving. She had decided to study economics because she was fed up with the many hours of daily training.