2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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In 1996 Marianne Limpert won the silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics. It was the competitive highlight of her brilliant career which is still roaring towards another stellar performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. However the 1998 season severely challenged 1996 in Limpert's memory hit parade. There was more triumph and success in the pool and plenty of dignity and diplomacy outside the playing field.
Last season's highlight was her selection as Canada's flag bearer for the opening ceremonies at the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia. The Fredericton native regarded her duty as one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed on an athlete. "It meant just as much to me as any medal," she said. "A once in a lifetime experience. To know that people think I deserved such an honour was really special to me. I treasure my Olympic medal but this was different altogether.
The 11-time national champion displayed her true professionalism to the world in August 1998 when Michelle Smith was suspended for manipulating a sample during a doping test. Smith defeated Limpert for the gold at the 1996 Olympics. Despite the fact that the news came out during the Commonwealth Games team trials - the most important meet of the year to that point- Limpert fulfilled numerous interview requests from around the world displaying a polished tact. That probably explains why she is one of the most sought after athletes for her inputs and views.