Michelle Smith de Bruin turns 44
Happy birthday, Michelle Smith de Bruin! The most decorated Irish Olympian in history turns 44 today. The winner of three gold medals (400-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley, 400-meter individual medley) and a bronze (200-meter butterfly) at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Smith single-handedly helped Ireland earn its second-largest medal haul at one Olympics with four. Smith was banned for four years by FINA in 1998 for tampering with a urine sample, and her competitive swimming career ended as a result. Today Smith is a practicing barrister in Dublin.