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ZAMOLODTCHIKOVA Elena (1985) Russia / Gymnastics
The little Russian gymnast was her country's main hope for the Sydney 2000 games, due to veritable Russian team leader Svetlana Khorkina's emotionalism. However, in the all-round team competition, Kho...


ZAPPAS Evangelios - Greece
Wanting Greece to regain its cultural predominance, this rich trader had the idea, in the mid 19th century, of re-launching the Olympic games.The first games took place in Athens in 1859. Unfortunatel...


ZATOPEK Emil (1922) Czech Republic / Track and field
He was one of the most famous running champions of all time. Nicknamed "the human locomotive" because he ran races flat out, Zatopek will forever remain one the most popular athletes of the post-war p...


ZATOPKOVA INGROVA Dana (1922) Czech Republic / Track and field
A winner of fewer titles than her husband, the famous Emile Zatopek, Dana Zatopkova had to wait till her thirties for Olympic glory. She was gold medallist in the javelin at the Helsinki games of 1952...


ZELEZNY Jan (1966) Czech Republic / Track and field
The Czech javelin thrower learned on the morning of the competition at the Barcelona games in '92 that the world record that he had set several weeks earlier in Oslo had not been ratified because the ...


ZELTA Klaus (1947) Germany / Rowing
This young German was the youngest champion in Olympic history.He was only 13 years old when he won a gold medal in Rome in 1960. He was the coxswain of the German four-man crew who won their rowing e...


ZEUS
He is the god of gods and the ancient games were created in order to calm his anger.To mark the occasion, a grand temple was built in his honour on the site of the games. Resting on columns more than ...


ZHANG Shan (1968) China / Shooting
This Chinese rifle-woman carried off a genuine exploit at the Barcelona games in the skeet event. Not only did she beat all the men in this mixed discipline but, even better, she scored150 out of 150,...


ZHUANG Yong (1972) China / Swimming
Yong was the first Chinese woman to win a swimming gold medal at the games. She won the 100 m freestyle at the Barcelona games in '92, four years after she had won a silver medal in Seoul.However, thi...


ZIMIATOV Nicolaļ (1955) Russia / Nordic skiing
This Russian cross-country skier belongs to the elite of champions in his discipline. In particular, he was the first Soviet to rub the faces of the Scandinavians, specialists in this discipline, in t...


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