Frankie Fredericks is the only athlete from Namibia to ever win an Olympic medal.
He won a silver medal at the 200m at the 1991 World Championships, the first major championships since Namibia gained independence from South Africa.
The following year, at the Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics, Fredericks became Namibia’s first Olympic medallist when he finished second in both the 100m and 200m and a year later, in Stuttgart, he became the nation’s first World Champion, winning the 200m.
He earned silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the 1996 Summer Olympics and won the 200m at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002.
Frankie retired from competition in 2004 as injuries took their toll, and is now a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as well as a Goodwill Ambassador for Namibia.
Frankie has been a Laureus Ambassador since 2005 and has supported a number of Laureus initiatives.