German swimmer who became the first woman to win six gold medals at a single Olympic Games in 1988 in Seoul.
She began training at the age of 10, swimming at the East German sports academy.
She was under great speculation of using performance enhancing drugs along with other East German athletes but she claimed she was never aware of being given drugs by doctors.
Her mother was a physiotherapist and her father a physics professor.
She won gold at the 1988 Olympics where American diver Greg Louganis also took home the gold.