Video Bio: English
Winning an Olympic gold medal won't be the biggest challenge of Jacinthe
Taillon's career. The 23-year-old conquered a greater battle when she had
a successful surgical removal of a cancerous tumor from her thyroid gland
in February 1998. Taillon never got sick and didn't need chemotherapy
treatment. The operation was a complete success and chances of
reoccurrence are almost nil. In fact two months after the surgery she
helped Canada to a bronze medal at an international meet in Japan.
Taillon, who is from St-Eustache, Que., but now lives and trains in
Etobicoke, started synchro at age seven after she had completed all her
swimming Red Cross courses. She was also involved in theatre as a child
and says that helped with her self-expression and creativity in synchro.
She would like to pursue an acting career. She won two gold medals at the
Commonwealth Games placing first in duet and team. At the Olympics she'll
compete only in team because her partner Kasia Kulesza of Laval, QC,
didn't qualify for the Olympic squad.
Team: Catherine Garceau, Toronto; Claire-Carver-Dias, Mississauga, Ont.; Erin Chan, Calgary; Fanny Letourneau, Deux-Montagnes, Que.; Jacinthe Taillon, St-Eustache, Que.; Jessica Chase, Montreal; Kirstin Normand, Edmonton; Lyne Beaumont, Pont-Rough, Que., and Reidun Tatham, Calgary, were third after technical routine, advanced to final.
Canada's synchro team performs
Canada's technical routine
Canadian team phone home!
2000 Games Synchronized Swimming Coverage