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Susie O'Neill

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 4
Bronze 2
Total 8
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, IOC member
SexFemale
Full nameSusan "Susie"•O'Neill
Used nameSusie•O'Neill
Nick/petnamesMadame Butterfly
Born2 August 1973 in Mackay, Queensland (AUS)
Measurements171 cm / 63 kg
AffiliationsCommercial Swimming Club, Brisbane (AUS)
NOC Australia

Biography

Susie O’Neill’s record approaches that of Dawn Fraser and Ian Thorpe among Australian swimmers. O’Neill competed at the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympic Games, winning eight medals, including individual gold medals in the 200 butterfly in 1996 and the 200 freestyle in 2000. Her top career performance may have come at the 2000 Australian Championships/Olympic Trials when she won the 200 fly, breaking the 19-year-old world record that had been set by Mary T. Meagher. O’Neill was remarkably consistent. Between 1990 and 2000, she never failed to win a medal at an international competition. She won 10 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the most by any Australian in any sport at the time. O’Neill was named Australian Female Athlete of the Year in 1996 and 1998, and in 1997, was given the Order of Australia. Shortly after the Sydney Olympics, O’Neill was elected by her peers as an Athlete Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). She resigned from this membership in January 2005, citing family commitments.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Susie O'Neill
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 15
200 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 11
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 5
200 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 5
1996 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Susie O'Neill
200 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 5
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 6
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 3 Bronze
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 5
200 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 2 Silver
2000 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Susie O'Neill
50 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 12
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 31
200 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 6
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 2 Silver
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 7
200 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 2 Silver

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
Athlete International Olympic Committee 2000—2005 AUS Susie O'Neill

Olympic family relations

Special Notes