She won Hong Kong's first-ever Olympic gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The female windsurfer's achievement was monumental for Hong Kong -- in the media frenzy that followed, San San famously proclaimed...
"Hong Kong athletes are not rubbish!"
Shortly thereafter Hong Kong was gripped by a city-wide optimism that's been unmatched since, save perhaps when the Hang Seng Index hit 30,000 points in late 2007. The Cheung Chau native has since started a family with former teammate Wong Tak-sum and was the first to run the Hong Kong leg of the 2008 Olympic torch relay.
My only question is how this reputable publication left out Jian YIN who won China's first ever Olympic gold medal in sailing after a nail-biting finish to the Women's RS:X Medal Race.