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Michelle Smith

Full name: Michelle Marie Smith (-De Bruin)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: December 16, 1969 in Rathcoole County, Dublin, Ireland
Country: IRL Ireland
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Sister-in-law of Corrie de Bruin; Wife of Erik de Bruin.

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

By a wide margin, Michelle Smith is both the most successful Irish Olympian as well as the most controversial Irish Olympian. After fairly unremarkable appearances at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, Michelle Smith was now coached by her husband, former Dutch discus thrower Erik de Bruin. She had made a breakthrough at the 1995 European Championships, winning two titles and three medals in all, the first ever for an Irish woman. Her sudden improvement in performance immediately caused various doping rumours, which could not be substantiated. With her husband being suspended for doping use in 1993, these rumours persisted throughout the Atlanta Games, where Smith won four medals, including titles in both medley events and the 400 m freestyle. Her title in the latter event was also controversial because the Americans had lodged a protest claiming Smith had been entered the race after the deadline, but the protest was not upheld. Smith won two more European titles in 1997, before her career came to a sudden halt in January 1998. In an out-of-competition drug test, she handed in a urine sample that had been tampered with. This was considered to be equal to a positive sample, and she was suspended for four years, effectively ending her career.

Results

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Swimming Ireland Final 1 4:07.25
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Swimming Ireland Round One Heat Five 2 QU 4:09.00

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 18 Seoul Swimming Ireland Round One Heat Three 3 1:06.22

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 18 Seoul Swimming Ireland Round One Heat Five 7 2:19.50
1992 Summer 22 Barcelona Swimming Ireland Round One Heat Two 4 2:21.37

Women's 200 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Swimming Ireland Final 3 2:09.91
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Swimming Ireland Round One Heat Five 2 QU 2:10.03

Women's 200 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 18 Seoul Swimming Ireland Round One Heat Two 5 2:25.53
1992 Summer 22 Barcelona Swimming Ireland Round One Heat Two 4 2:23.83
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Swimming Ireland Final 1 2:13.93
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Swimming Ireland Round One Heat Five 3 QU 2:16.35

Women's 400 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1988 Summer 18 Seoul Swimming Ireland Round One Heat One 2 5:01.84
1992 Summer 22 Barcelona Swimming Ireland Round One Heat One 3 4:58.94
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Swimming Ireland Final 1 4:39.18
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Swimming Ireland Round One Heat Three 1 QU 4:43.79
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