40 greatest female athletes: Fu Mingxia

Fu Mingxia was only 13 when she won the first of her four Olympic gold medals. AP Photo/Santiago Lyon

ESPN is marking the 40th anniversary of Title IX by unveiling the top 40 female athletes of the past 40 years.

At No. 40, diver Fu Mingxia won every individual Olympic event she entered, collecting four gold medals over her three Games.

She won her first Olympic gold medal as a 13-year-old at the 1992 Barcelona Games. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, she successfully defended her platform title, then three days later added the 3-meter springboard gold. She retired prior to the 2000 Games in Sydney, but returned to compete in the 3-meter event and struck gold yet again.

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