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Robert Korzeniowski
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    (July 30, 1968- )
    Olympic Gold Medalist, Men's 50 Kilometer Walk (1996, 2000 and 2004)
    Olympic Gold Medalist, Men's 20 Kilometer Walk (2000)
    World Gold Medalist, Men's 50 Kilometer Walk (1997, 2001 and 2003)
    He competes for Poland, although he lives and trains in France.
    He was disqualified in the 50 Kilometer Walk in the 1992 Summer Olympics while in position for the silver-medal, 500 meters from the finish line.
    He was awarded the 2000 Olympics 20-kilometer walk gold, after finishing second. The original winner, Bernardo Segura of Mexico, was disqualified.
    He is dominant in a sport that suffers from little popularity.
    His nickname is 'Le Roi de Macadam' (King of the Roads).
    He is superstitious; he refuses to touch a friend's medal before a race, preferring to wait for his own medal after the event.
    His hero is Pope John Paul II.
    He is the best racewalker of all time.
    His final competitive race before retiring resulted in his fourth Olympic gold medal.
    He is the first athlete in Olympic history to win the same track (running/walking) event three times.
    He is the first racewalker to win gold medals in both the 20-kilometer and 50-kilometer walks.
    He has been named Poland's Athlete of the Year six times.
    He speaks five languages (Polish, English, Russian, French and Spanish).
    His hobbies are cooking and photography.
    He runs sports-related businesses in Poland, providing a much-needed boost to their economy.
    He plans on remaining in the sports world as a coach and a race organizer.
    His dominance of the sport of racewalking has helped raise the profile of the sport.

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