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Date of Birth: 15/10/77
Place of Birth: Comox, BC
Hometown: Waterloo, ON
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 119 lbs
Years on National Team: 4
 Jennifer Button is one of Canada's hottest swimmers and fastest rising stars this year. She won three gold medals at spring nationals and twice broke the Canadian 200 butterfly short course record to place first in the event's standings on the World Cup.

  When she eclipsed the mark for the first time in career this past February in Sheffield, England it was a turning point in her career. She beat her previous best by a whopping three seconds.

  "I'm really surprised," recalled Button, 22, who wasn't even tapered and rested for that meet. "When I touched the wall and looked at the time I just thought 'Oh my God,' It was the most satisfying race of my career. It was a personal victory and capped something I've been working on a long time."

  Now she's hoping those times translate into more success in the long course pool. At the Olympic trials she certainly swam fast enough to make the Olympic team in the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 4X200 freestyle and 4X100 medley relays. When she qualified in the 200 fly, she received a giant bear hug from her brother Shawn, a former national team swimmer. Both just missed making the team in 1996. Shawn however didn't receive a second chance when an injury put an end to his career. "It meant something to both of us when I made the Olympic team," she said. "He was there to support me. We did it together."

  Button took the year off from her studies at the University of Toronto and returned to her home training ground in Waterloo. It proved to be a brilliant decision as her success continues in 2000.

2000 Games
Sept. 23: Women's 400-metre medley relay: Kelly Stefanyshyn, Winnipeg; Christin Petelski, Victoria; Jen Button, Waterloo, Ont., and Marianne Limpert, Fredericton, placed sixth in final.
Sept. 22: Women's 400-metre individual medley: Michelle Lischinsky, Winnipeg; Christin Petelski, Victoria; Jen Button, Waterloo, Ont., and Laura Nicholls, Waterloo, finished fourth in heat, advanced to final.
Sept. 19: Women's 200-metre butterfly: Jen Button, Waterloo, Ont., was sixth in heat, eliminated
Sept. 16: Jen Button, Waterloo, finished second in heat, eliminated

Jen Button & Shannon Shakespeare laugh

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