BAUMGARTNER Bruce (1960) United States / Wrestling
Baumgartner did not have too much trouble winning his first Olympic title in wrestling at the 1984 Los Angeles games. His opponent in the final, the Canadian Robert Molle, had recently undergone surgery. Eight years later at the Barcelona games, his second title is far more commendable. Just after celebrating his 32nd birthday, Baumgartner triumphed in the super heavy-weight category. The pathway to the gold was laid open to him after his semi-final win against a Georgian giant.