SCHUMANN Jochen (1954) Germany/ Yachting
In Sydney to win a fourth Olympic gold medal for sailing, the German failed in his quest, but his roll of honour that he started at the Montrel games of 1976 is remarkable.During 25 years at the top level, Schumann, from the ex-East Germany, was Oympic champion in the Finn category in 1976. He had to settle for finish outside the medal placings in 1980 and could not take part in the 1984 games due to the boycott by countries from the Eastern Bloc.Back for the Seoul games in 1988 in the soling event, teamed up with two team-mates, Jaekel et Flach, he rediscovered the wonderful feeling of winning a gold medal. He went to Barcelona to defend this title but only managed to get on to the bottom step of the podium before winning gold again in Atlanta in 1996 with the same team-mates.That year, he was elected yachtsman of the year. His opponents consider him to be the "master of his art". However, Schumann refutes this title, pointing out that Denmark's Elvströem won four gold medals between 1948 and 1960.