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Sylvie Fréchette, MSC (born 27 June 1967 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian former synchronised swimmer. She is the 1992 Olympic champion in the women's solo event.

Sylvie Fréchette
Sylvie Fréchette 2012-04-14.jpg
Fréchette in 2012
Personal information
Nationality Canada
Born (1967-06-27) June 27, 1967 (age 52)
Montreal, Quebec
Height177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
StrokesSynchronised swimming
ClubMontréal Synchro Inc


Fréchette competed in the women's solo at the 1992 Summer Olympics. In the technical figures routine, a Brazilian judge accidentally entered a score of 8.7 instead of 9.7, costing her first place;[1] after several appeals by the Canadian Olympic Committee, her medal was upgraded to gold.[2] Kristen Babb-Sprague, the beneficiary of the judge's error, was allowed to keep her gold medal.

Fréchette's success in the pool continued with a silver medal in the women's team event at the following Olympics.[3] In 1999, she was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. She has also contributed as a swimmer, designer, and coach to the synchronized-swimming portions of Cirque du Soleil's water-based stage production O, which opened in 1998 at the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2006, Fréchette became an ambassador for Oxfam.[4]

Fréchette will be running for the Conservative Party of Canada in the 2019 Canadian federal election, as the party's candidate in the Quebec riding of Rivière-du-Nord.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

Sylvie Frechette was engaged to her business partner Sylvain Lake, who died by suicide a week before the 1992 Games. Lake was a television track analyst and former 400m track athlete.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Buchalter, Bill (7 August 1992). "Babb-sprague wins synchronized gold". Chicago Tribune. USA. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  2. ^ Bucholtz, Andrew (9 July 2012). "Sylvie Frechette's long wait for the gold she deserved". Yahoo! Sports. USA. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Sylvie Fréchette". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Oxfam-Quebec in action - Sylvie Fréchette". Oxfam Quebec. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Olympic champion Sylvie Fréchette to run for Conservatives in federal election". Montreal Gazette. La Presse Canadienne. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  6. ^ Blouin, Louis (August 26, 2019). "Olympic champion Sylvie Fréchette to run as Conservative candidate". CBC News. Retrieved August 26, 2019.

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