Born: 23rd December, 1922.
Micheline Ostermeyer made Olympic history for the French: she was the country's first athlete to become a champion at the Games.
She won two gold medals, in London 1948, for the shot put and discus throw.
She was a real cross-discipline star, also winning the bronze medal for high jump. More unexpectedly, she was also a talented pianist, and received her diploma from the Paris Conservatoire just before the London Games!
Although other athletes have won more medals than Micheline, she remains a symbol of female sporting achievement for her home country.
Photo : Micheline Ostermeyer at the 1948 Olympic Games in London.
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