BAUMANN Alex (1964) Canada / Swimming
This all-round swimmer, of Czech origin, won two Olympic gold medals, for the 200 and 400 medley, at the 1984 Los Angeles games. As a child, his parents fled Czechoslovakia when the Russians invaded Prague. They first emigrated to New Zealand, and later went to Canada, a country he was proud to represent. There is an amusing anecdote about Baumann, although this kind of occurrence is fairly common in sporting circles: having won his first medal at Los Angeles, Baumann had a small problem. He could not provide enough urine to carry out the anti-doping test. He had to wait several hours and drink a number of beers in order to «perform» satisfactorily.