NEMOV Alexei (1976) Russia / Gymnastics
Having already shot to fame in Atlanta in 1996, where he picked up six medals (two of them gold), this Russian gymnast again became the greatest medal-winner at the Sydney Games with six more medals and two new golds. But Nemov did even better this time, winning the overall competition, in which he had been beaten by Chinese gymnast Li Xiaoshuang in 1996. That was his main objective.It appears that the reign of this atypical gymnast is long from over. A reveller and seducer in his everyday life, he is a rigorous worker in the gymnastics halls, and his movements are often aerial and spectacular. He loves both spectacle and spectators.