Michelle Smith

Born Dec 16, 1969

Michelle Smith de Bruin is a retired Irish swimmer who achieved notable success in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, becoming Ireland's most successful Olympian to date, and whose career ended with a ban from the sporting authorities for tampering with a urine sample.… Read More

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1969 Birth Born in 1969.


1980 11 Years Old She enrolled in the King's Hospital Swimming Club in 1980. … Read More


1991 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Smith's second major championship was at the 1991 World Championships in Perth, Australia, where she finished 13th in the 400 m individual medley.
1992 23 Years Old She competed in the 200 m medley and backstroke and 400 m medley in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, despite suffering an injury in the months leading up to the Games.
1993 24 Years Old In 1993 she trained with Erik de Bruin, whom she had met in Barcelona.
1994 25 Years Old She finished fifth in the 200 m butterfly at the 1994 World Championships. … Read More
1995 26 Years Old In 1995, Smith set Irish records in 50 m, 100 m, 400 m and 800 m freestyle, 100 m backstroke, 100 m and 200 m butterfly, and 200 m and 400 m medley events. … Read More
1996 27 Years Old Two years after the 1996 Summer Olympics, FINA banned Smith for four years for tampering with her urine sample using alcohol. … Read More
1998 29 Years Old At 14, she became National Junior and Senior Champion and dominated Irish women's swimming until her retirement in 1998.


1999 30 Years Old Her experiences at the CAS had an effect beyond her swimming career. It was there that she developed an interest in the law; after officially announcing her retirement from swimming in 1999, she returned to university, graduating from University College Dublin with a degree in law.
2005 36 Years Old In July 2005 she was conferred with the degree of Barrister at Law of King's Inns, Dublin. … Read More
2007 38 Years Old In 2007, she appeared on Celebrities Go Wild, an RTÉ reality television show in which eight celebrities had to fend for themselves in the wilds of rural Connemara. … Read More
2008 39 Years Old Her first book, Transnational Litigation: Jurisdiction and Procedure was published in 2008 by Thomson Round Hall which is respected in legal circles.
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