|To last||To continue for a period of time|
|To follow in somebody's footstep||To do as somebody else does|
|To share||To have or to use with others|
|Due to||Caused by something or somebody;|
because of something / somebody
|Backstroke||Swimming stroke done on|
one's back in the water
|Relay||Race between teams in which|
ach member runs, swims, etc part
of the total distance
In the athletics stadium, we can say the greatest star of all was Carl Lewis. He became a real hero after winning four gold medals in Los Angeles in 1984. His Olympic career lasted for another 12 years until 1996 when he won his ninth gold medal in Atlanta, of which he is most proud. And he could have won his tenth if he had been picked for the team.
Among the women there is the glamorous Florence Griffith-Joyner at the 1988 Games in Seoul, winning the 100 and 200 m. And it was her sister, Jackie, who following in her footsteps, won the long jump. But perhaps the most outstanding event that year was when Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis's greatest rival, lost his gold medal for the 100m after failing a drug test.
The friendliest Games in recent times were perhaps the Barcelona Games of 1992 and it was a gymnast, Vitaly Scherbo, from Belorus, who was the hero of the Games in this occasion after winning four gold medals. At the next games, there was no single competitor dominating, so the medals for gymnastics were shared among them. People will remember Melissanidis winning the gold for Greece in the floor exercises and the Ukrainian, Lilia Podkopayeva, who won the women's event.
In Moscow, the Americans and many other western European nations refused to take part in the Games, but it was a good year for Britain and middle distance runners, Coe and Ovett, got medals. Britain also won gold in the 100m. Some say it was due to the fact that the Americans were not taking part.
Another gold winner is the Hungarian Krisztina Egerszegi who has won five gold medals in the pool. Her first in Seoul for the 200m backstroke and her last in Barcelona for the same competition. All of these medals were for individual events. But Dristin Otto, East Germany, won six gold medals in the pool at Seoul, four for individual competition and two for relay races.
We can assume that with such a great history, the Games will continue providing us with more sporting heroes who will be remembered for years to come.