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YACHIN Lev (1929-1990) Russia / Football
Considered to be the greatest goalkeeper in the history of football, the Soviet was nicknamed the "Black Spider" due to the colour of his keeper's jersey. He was also a spectacular shot-stopper.He was...


YAMAGUCHI Kristi (1971) United States / Figure skating
This American figure skater of Japanese origin was the best at the beginning of the nineties, winning two world championships consecutively.It was no great surprise that she was crowned Olympic champi...


YAMASHITA Yasukiro (1957) Japan / Judo
Since the inclusion of judo in the Olympic games in 1964, Japan had never managed to win the titles for each category, until Yamashita, already three times world champion between '79 and '83, set thin...


YARIGIN Ivan (1948) Russia / Wrestling
The first all-in wrestling Olympic champion in the 100 kg category at the Munich games in '72, Yarigin was dropped from the Soviet team after a defeat at the European championships in '74.Deprived of ...


YERLIKAYA Hamza (1976) Turkey / Wrestling
Already an Olympoc champion in te 85 kg category at the Atlanta games of 1996, and several times world champion, this Turkish wrestler is today considered to be one of the great figures in his discipl...


YIFTER Miruts (1945) Ethiopia / Track and Field
At a time when he was the best long distance runner, Yifter was absent from the Montreal games due to the boycott by the African countries. The Ethiopian put matters straight by beating double Olympic...


YOUNG Kevin (1966) United States / Track and field
Olympic Champion in the 400 m hurdles at the Barcelona games of '92, this American was unbeatable in this discipline. He had a remarkable technique, which enabled him to take 11 strides between each h...


YOUNG Sheila (1950) United States / Speed skating
The speed skater Sheila Young, gold medallist at the Innsbruck games in '76 over 500 m, achieved the feat of becoming world champion in track cycling that very same year.Like her countryman Eric Heide...


YUGOSLAVIA
This great European sporting nation is today split into five different countries. Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia were present at the Barcelona games under the moniker IOP (Independent Olympic Partic...


YUN Lou (1964) Japan / Gymnastics
This Japanese gymnast dominated the vaulting horse event in the eighties.He was twice crowned Olympic champion for this apparatus, in '84 in Los Angeles and in '88 in Seoul. ...


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