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Synchronized Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's Solo

Synchronized Swimming at the 1992 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: August 2, 1992
Date Finished: August 6, 1992

Gold: CAN Sylvie Fréchette
USA Kristen Babb-Sprague
Bronze: JPN Fumiko Okuno

Summary

The favorite was Canadian Sylvie Fréchette, the 1991 World Champion and World Cup Champion. But only a week before the Olympics, she returned to her home to find the body of her boyfriend, Sylvain Lake, who had committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. Fréchette had to overcome that, and was expected to be challenged by American Kristin Babb-Sprague, who was stronger in the freestyle final routine. Fréchette was expected to open a lead in the technical figures and had to maintain that lead. But in that segment, Brazilian judge Maria de Silveira gave Fréchette an unaccountably low score of 8.7. De Silveira maintained that she had made a mistake and hit the wrong button, and meant to give her a score of 9.7. But the score could not be changed, per the FINA rules. The Canadians appealed the decision after the technical figures, but this was overturned 11-2, the two dissenting votes coming from the Canadian members of the Jury of Appeal. This let Babb-Sprague take the lead after the technical figures, and Fréchette was unable to overcome that lead, as Babb-Sprague seemingly won the gold medal.

But that would not be the end of it. Dick Pound, powerful Canadian IOC Member, led a further appeal to have the results overturned. FINA eventually caved to the pressure and elected to declare Fréchette and Babb-Sprague as co-champions, and awarded Fréchette a gold medal in October 1993. Though Babb-Sprague was not so popular in Canada, her husband, [Ed Sprague], was, as he played major league baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays, and helped the Blue Jays win the World Series in 1992 and 1993.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1T Kristen Babb-Sprague 23 United States USA Gold
1T Sylvie Fréchette 25 Canada CAN Gold
3 Fumiko Okuno 20 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Olga Sedakova 20 Unified Team EUN
5 Anne Capron 23 France FRA
6 Khristina Thalassinidou 21 Greece GRE
7 Kerry Shacklock 20 Great Britain GBR
8 Marjolijn Both 20 Netherlands NED
9 María Elena Giusti 23 Venezuela VEN
10 Tan Min 19 China CHN
11 Sonia Cárdeñas 22 Mexico MEX
12 Paola Celli 24 Italy ITA
13 Eva López 22 Spain ESP
14 Monika Müller 21 Germany GER
15 Claudia Peczinka 24 Switzerland SUI
16 Gláucia Soutinho 21 Brazil BRA
17 Beatrix Müllner 22 Austria AUT
18 Semon Rohloff 22 Australia AUS
19 Liisa Laurila 18 Finland FIN
20 Lucie Svrčinová 17 Czechoslovakia TCH
21 Marija Senica 21 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
AC r1/3 Celeste Ferraris 21 Australia AUS DNQ
AC r1/3 Christine Müllner 17 Austria AUT DNQ
AC r1/3 Fernanda Veirano 19 Brazil BRA DNQ
AC r1/3 Cristiana Lobo 20 Brazil BRA DNQ
AC r1/3 Penny Vilagos 29 Canada CAN DNQ
AC r1/3 Vicky Vilagos 29 Canada CAN DNQ
AC r1/3 Guan Zewen 20 China CHN DNQ
AC r1/3 Wang Xiaojie 20 China CHN DNQ
AC r1/3 Marta Amorós 21 Spain ESP DNQ
AC r1/3 Nuria Ayala 22 Spain ESP DNQ
AC r1/3 Anna Kozlova 19 Unified Team EUN DNQ
AC r1/3 Yelena Dolzhenko 25 Unified Team EUN DNQ
AC r1/3 Marianne Aeschbacher 21 France FRA DNQ
AC r1/3 Karine Schuler 23 France FRA DNQ
AC r1/3 Laila Vakil 18 Great Britain GBR DNQ
AC r1/3 Natasha Haynes 22 Great Britain GBR DNQ
AC r1/3 Margit Schreib 25 Germany GER DNQ
AC r1/3 Maja Kos 24 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA DNQ
AC r1/3 Vanja Mičeta 23 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA DNQ
AC r1/3 Giovanna Burlando 22 Italy ITA DNQ
AC r1/3 Mikako Kotani 25 Japan JPN DNQ
AC r1/3 Aki Takayama 22 Japan JPN DNQ
AC r1/3 Elizabeth Cervantes 22 Mexico MEX DNQ
AC r1/3 Lourdes Olivera 21 Mexico MEX DNQ
AC r1/3 Frouke van Beek 21 Netherlands NED DNQ
AC r1/3 Tamara Zwart 17 Netherlands NED DNQ
AC r1/3 Amanda Taylor 19 South Africa RSA DNQ
AC r1/3 Loren Wulfsohn 23 South Africa RSA DNQ
AC r1/3 Caroline Imoberdorf 20 Switzerland SUI DNQ
AC r1/3 Rahel Hobi 17 Switzerland SUI DNQ
AC r1/3 Karen Josephson 28 United States USA DNQ
AC r1/3 Sarah Josephson 28 United States USA DNQ