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Sylvie Fréchette

Sylvie Fréchette
  • Born: 06/27/1967
  • Age: 47
  • Height: 178cm
  • Weight: 70kg
  • Birthplace: Montréal, Quebec


  • A two-time Olympic medallist in synchronized swimming
  • Only the second Canadian in history to win gold in the solo event (1992)
  • Two-time world champion in 1986, 1991
  • At the 1991 World Championships, she was the first synchro swimmer ever to receive a perfect score
  • Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist 1986, 1990
  • Captured a total of 65 international medals, including 25 gold
  • 10-time Canadian champion
  • Received the Canadian Olympic Order (1994), the Meritorious Service Cross of Canada (1993) and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity’s Grace Under Pressure award (1993)
  • Two-time (1992, 1993) Quebec Athlete of the Year, three-time (1989-1991) Aquatic Federation of Canada Female Athlete of the Year
  • Member of the Canadian Olympic, Canadian Sports, International Swimming, Canadian Aquatic and Quebec Sports Halls of Fame


  • Mother of two
  • First swimmer to use performance music with lyrics
  • Innovator who changed the definition of traditional competition swimsuits, hairstyles and make-up
  • Released her autobiography, “Gold at Last”, in 1993
  • Spent eight years in Las Vegas as a member of the Cirque du Soleil’s “O” show. During her time with the production, Fréchette served as a performer, choreographer, coach and designer before being promoted to Assistant Artistic Coordinator in 2003
  • Spent a year at the COC working in Athlete Relations
  • Helped choreograph figure skaters Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler with their pairs routine for the 1992 Olympic Winter Games
  • Member of the Vancouver Mission Team working as an Athlete Mentor in the area of Athlete Services
  • President and Founder of the Neptune Synchro club in Saint-Jerome, Que., which opened in September 2010
  • Launched synchro swimming summer day camp in Saint-Jerome

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1992 Barcelona Olympic Summer GamesAquatics - Synchronized SwimmingSolo - Women - Gold
1996 Atlanta Olympic Summer GamesAquatics - Synchronized SwimmingTeam - Women - Silver
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