At the recent Olympic trials, Marianne Limpert re-emphasized that she is
arguably Canada's best hope for a gold medal in swimming at the 2000 Games.
She actually lost the race in the women's 200 individual medley to Joanne
Malar at the trials however she clocked the fourth fastest time in the
world and easily beat the Olympic qualifying standard.
That race was once again proof that when the money is on the line, Limpert
always delivers. These will be her third Olympic Games. In 1992, she
placed sixth in the 200 IM, then four years later in Atlanta took silver
in the event, beaten out by drug-cheat Michelle Smith of Ireland.
A gold medal is certainly within her grasp in Sydney after a disappointing
1999 season which fueled many questions whether she could once again
deliver world-class performances.
"I had to re-evaluate my career last year," said Limpert, Canada's flag
bearer at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. "My coach (Tom Johnson) initiated a
new training program that really helped me get back on track. He's been
Besides winning medals, Limpert feels she has an overall team
responsibility as the oldest swimmer on the squad. She could also swim the
100 freestyle and all three relays in Sydney.
"I'm starting to get use to the idea that I'm the oldest on the team, it's
kind of fun," said Limpert, whose father, a helicopter pilot, was once a
Canadian amateur heavyweight boxing champion. "I want to contribute to
making everyone feel part of the team, especially some of the young
rookies. It's something that can make a difference and give us some
Women's 400-metre medley relay: Kelly Stefanyshyn, Winnipeg; Christin Petelski, Victoria; Jen Button, Waterloo, Ont., and Marianne Limpert, Fredericton, placed sixth in final.
Women's 800-metre freestyle relay: Marianne Limpert, Fredericton; Shannon Shakespeare, Winnipeg; Joanne Malar, Hamilton; Jessica Deglau, Vancouver, finished fifth in final.
Women's 200-metre individual medley: Marianne Limpert, Fredericton, finished fourth in final
Women's 200-metre individual medley: Joanne Malar, Hamilton, finished second in semifinal heat, advanced to final; Marianne Limpert, Fredericton, was third in semifinal heat, advanced.
Marianne Limpert, Fredericton; Shannon Shakespeare, Winnipeg; Laura Nicholls, Waterloo; Jessica Deglau, Vancouver, Waterloo, were seventh in final.
Marianne Limpert reacts to her finish
Marianne Limpert just misses bronze
Canadian Olympic swimmers gather after their heat
The Canadian women have a group hug
Marianne Limpert powers up
After 5th place finish in 4X200m freestyle
A Canadian group hug
2000 Games Swimming Coverage