Sylvie Fréchette

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Sylvie Fréchette
Sylvie Fréchette 2012-04-14.jpg
Sylvie Fréchette in 2012
Personal information
Nationality  Canada
Born (1967-06-27) June 27, 1967 (age 49)
Montreal, Canada
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Synchronized swimming
Club Montréal Synchro Inc

Sylvie Fréchette, MSC (born 27 June 1967 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian former synchronized swimmer.

Sylvie competed in the women's solo at the 1992 Summer Olympics. In the technical figures routine, a Brazilian judge accidentally entered a score of 8.7 instead of 9.7, costing her first place;[1] after several appeals by the Canadian Olympic Committee, her medal was upgraded to gold.[2] Kristen Babb-Sprague, the beneficiary of the judge's error, was allowed to keep her gold medal. Sylvie's success in the pool continued with a silver medal in the women's team event at the following Olympics.[3]

In 1999, she was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. She has also contributed as a swimmer, designer, and coach to the synchronized-swimming portions of Cirque du Soleil's water-based stage production O, which opened in 1988 at the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas.

Since 2006, Sylvie has been an ambassador for Oxfam.[4]


Sylvie Frechette was engaged to her business partner Sylvain Lake, but he committed suicide a week before the 1992 Games. Lake was a television track analyst and former 400m track athlete. Today she lives with her husband and two children in Prévost, Quebec.[5]


  1. ^ Buchalter, Bill (7 August 1992). "Babb-sprague wins synchronized gold". Chicago Tribune. USA. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Bucholtz, Andrew (9 July 2012). "Sylvie Frechette's long wait for the gold she deserved". Yahoo! Sports. USA. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sylvie Fréchette Olympic Results". Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Oxfam-Quebec in action - Sylvie Fréchette". Oxfam Quebec. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Barcelona memories still fresh for Frechette". December 29, 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 

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