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Date of Birth: 25/09/78
Place of Birth: Kitchener, ON
Hometown: Waterloo, ON
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Years on National Team: 4
 Over the past two seasons, Laura Nicholls has clearly established herself as the fastest female swimmer in Canadian history. The 11-time national champion holds the Canadian marks in both the 50 and 100 freestyle.

 This past winter on the World Cup circuit she placed second overall in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100, 200 and 400 freestyle. She won eight medals over the last three meets and broke the Canadian short course record in the 200 freestyle. All this despite being hampered by injuries to both shoulders since May 1999.

 She is qualified to race in the Olympics in the 50 and 200 freestyle and both freestyle relays. She is particularly excited about the potential of the 4X200 freestyle which placed fourth at the world championships in 1998.

 "This relay will be dynamite," said Nicholls. "It's a medal contender for sure."

 These will be her second Olympics. In 1996, she unexpectedly made her first Olympic team beating the international time standard in the 50 freestyle at the final qualifying meet in Charlotte, just one month before the Atlanta Games. Her grandfather Barrie Nicholls was a top British hurdler but because of the World War II was unable to compete at the Olympics.

2000 Games
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. 20: Women's 100-metre freestyle: Laura Nicholls, Waterloo, finished seventh in semifinal heat, eliminated.
Sept. 18: Women's 200-metre freestyle: Jessica Deglau, Vancouver, finished sixth in heat, eliminated; Laura Nicholls, Waterloo, Ont., was seventh in heat, eliminated. Sept. 17: Marianne Limpert, Fredericton; Shannon Shakespeare, Winnipeg; Laura Nicholls, Waterloo; Jessica Deglau, Vancouver, Waterloo, were seventh in final.

Canadian Olympic swimmers gather after their heat
The Canadian women have a group hug

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