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Sylvie Fréchette

Full name: Sylvie Fréchette (-Van Strydonck)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: June 27, 1967 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Affiliations: Montréal Synchro Inc
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Synchronized Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Sylvie Fréchette debuted at the World Championships in 1986, winning a gold medal with the Canadian team in the group event. Following in the footsteps of her compatriot Carolyn Waldo, she won the solo world title in Perth in 1991, branding her as the favourite for the Olympic gold in Barcelona. But a week before the Barcelona Games, Fréchette found her fiancé and manager Sylvain Lake dead in their apartment, having committed suicide. She decided to leave for Spain in spite of this, where things got even worse. In the figures routine, she was awarded only an 8.7 (instead of an 9.7) by Brazilian judge Ana Maria da Silveira. The judge had pressed the wrong button, and immediately tried to correct this, but she was too late. This difference turned out to cost Fréchette the gold medal, which instead went to Kristen Babb-Sprague of the US.

Because of the efforts of Canadian IOC-member Dick Pound, the result was eventually changed and Fréchette was awarded her gold medal in a special ceremony in Montréal, while Babb-Sprague was allowed to keep her medal as well. Fréchette, who had by that time become a television host, returned to synchronized swimming in 1994, and made the Canadian team for Atlanta. Returning home with a silver medal, she retired again. She was later chosen by Cirque du Soleil as the designer for the synchronized swimming parts of their shows, in which she initially also performed.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Synchronized Swimming Women's Solo Canada CAN 1T Gold
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Synchronized Swimming Women's Team Canada CAN 2 Silver

Women's Solo

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS MRP FP
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Synchronized Swimming Canada Final 1T 191.717 99.16 92.557
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Synchronized Swimming Canada Qualifying 2 QU 191.077 98.52 92.557
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Synchronized Swimming Canada Figures 4 QU 92.557

Women's Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Synchronized Swimming Canada CAN Final Standings 2
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Synchronized Swimming Canada CAN Technical Routine 2
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Synchronized Swimming Canada CAN Free Routine 2
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