Talent and hard work have always been Joanne Malar's trademarks in the swimming
pool. However, she has a new weapon in her arsenal. Experience. Malar learned the
hard way what the pressure cooker life of being Canada's Olympic team covergirl in
1996 was all about.
The stress got the best of her and she posted a subpar performance at the Games
although she did place fourth in the 2001 M, won by now suspended Michelle Smith of
Ireland. However in April 1998, after contemplating retirement, she made a successful
transfer from Hamilton to Calgary's national sports centre under coach Jan Bidrman
who has re-ignited Malar's competitive fire.
For the 2000 Olympics, Malar is aware that medal hopes for her are high
and she has certainly set the stage for a successful 2000 Olympics.
The 27-time national champion had a colossal season in 1999. She was ranked number-one
in the world in the 200 individual medley and number two in the 400 IM. She won
gold in both events at the Pan Am Games and a month later at the Pan Pacific
Championships in Austrailia. A gold though is far from automatic for Sydney.
She can expect tough battles from Ukrainian teen sensation Yana Klochkova, Japan's
Yasuko Tajima and her own teammate Marianne Limpert of Fredericton.
Women's 800-metre freestyle: Joanne Malar, Hamilton, did not start.
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: Joanne Malar, Hamilton, was fifth.
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.
Joanne Malar, Hamilton, finished seventh in final.
Joanne Malar reacts to her finish
Joanne Malar blows a kiss
Joanne Malar qualifies for the final
Joanne Malar finishes seventh
Joanne Malar in the pool
Joanne Malar & Curtis Myden
Joanne Malar shows off her new suit
Malar shows talks with Curtis Myden
Joanne Malar practices
After 5th place finish in 4X200m freestyle
A Canadian group hug
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