Great Olympians

Biographies - OT

Anne Ottenbrite

Swimming (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
1984 HP
200 m Breaststroke gold 6400
100 m Breaststroke silver 4000
4 x 100 m Medley Relay bronze 640

Merlene Ottey

competed in 1984 as

Merlene Ottey-Page

B. 1966-05-10, Hanover, Jamaica, represented Slovenia in 2004
Track and Field (3 silver, 6 bronze)
1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 HP
100 m - bronze SFdns fifth silver bronze 11th 11208.44
200 m bronze bronze fourth bronze silver - 16th 14615.04
4 x 100 m sixth 8th fin.dq fin.dnf bronze silver - 2191.2

With 6 individual (and 2 relay) medals, she was the most medalled sportsperson, never to have won gold, until Franziska van Almsick took that record away from her. She lost the 100 metres gold at Atlanta by .005 seconds. She had previously lost the 1993 World Championship by a similarly undetectable margin.
She received a two-year drugs ban in 1999, but she got a reprieve and made it to Sydney, to become one of a very few athletics stars to compete in six Olympics. Having finished only fourth in the national trials, she had to blackmail the Jamaican authorities into letting her start in the 100 meters. Yet again, she needed less than one hundredth of a second, for another medal. She then led Jamaica, and herself to yet another relay silver.
Jamaica with Merlene Ottey qualified for six consecutive finals of the 4x100.
Aged 38, she competed in her seventh olympiad representing Slovenia.
She won a sixth bronze medal, a ninth in total, when Marion Jones got disqualified over six years after her triumph in Sydney.
That made her a joint record holder, with Harri Kirvesniemi, Alexei NemovHeikki Ilmari Savolainen, and Franziska van Almsick, of the number of bronze medals (SIX)
The IAAF features her as a star of 1996, with a photo.

Kristin Otto

B. 1965-02-07, Leipzig, Germany
Swimming (6 gold)
1988 HP
50 m Free-style gold 6400
100 m Free-style gold 6400
100 m Backstroke gold 6400
100 m Butterfly gold 6400
4 x 100 m Free-style Relay gold 1600
4 x 100 m Medley Relay gold 1600

For winning six gold medals at Seoul, Kristin Otto received also the Paek Sang crown for the most valuable athlete.
One of the most all-round swimmers ever, she won her first World Championship at 100 m backstroke in 1982. She had her best chance of medals in 1984, but the boycott prevented her (as an East German) from going to the Olympics. When she cracked a vertebra later that year, it looked as though her career was over. She spent nine months in a neck brace and returned to compete in the 1986 World Championships, where she won 4 gold medals (100 m free-style, 200 m medley and two relays) and 2 silvers. She proved even better two years later at Seoul.
She is now a TV commentator.
She is the highest placed Olympian on my list to have competed in just one Olympiad.

Sylke Otto

Luge (2 gold)
2002 2006 HP
Singles gold gold 19200

last modified 2002-10-29

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