Only 21 years old at the time of his victory, Liu vowed to defend his title when the Olympics come to Beijing in 2008.
Ski jumper Simon Ammann was one of the least expected winners of the Salt Lake City Winter Games.
By the time she was 16 years old, Yang was competing in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. She made it all the way to the final of the 1,000m and placed fifth.
At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Zhang Shan caused a sensation by finishing first and becoming the first woman to win a mixed sex shooting event.
In 2002 in Salt Lake City, Evgeni competed in his first Olympic Games. Despite being only 19, he was already the favourite, being the reigning world champion.
When she retired in 1999, her career win-loss record was 902-115. Her winning percentage, .887, was second in history only to Chris Evert´s .900.
In preparation for hosting the 2008 Games, China had its most successful Olympics ever, with Chinese athletes winning 63 medals including 32 gold medals.
The men´s ice hockey tournament saw the first all-Scandinavian final. Finland won all seven of its pre-final matches and Sweden was shut out twice.