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The Indo Daily: Tainted Gold - The Michelle Smith Story, Episode 1

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Michelle Smith de Bruin, and her husband and coach Eric de Bruin, during a press conference in 1988. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Michelle Smith de Bruin, and her husband and coach Eric de Bruin, during a press conference in 1988. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Michelle Smith de Bruin, and her husband and coach Eric de Bruin, during a press conference in 1988. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

In a three-part In Focus podcast special we retell the story of Michelle Smith 25 years on from her unprecedented medal haul at the Atlanta Olympics.

The ambitious Dublin swimmer captivated a nation during the summer of 1996 by winning three gold medals and a bronze across an astonishing week in Atlanta, becoming the first Irish woman in history to reach the top step of an Olympic podium.

Four years earlier at the Barcelona Olympics she had been on the verge of quitting her sport, but by 1996 she was on top of the world.

However, while the nation celebrated her sporting success some were already questioning her achievements.

The Indo Daily: Tainted Gold - The Michelle Smith Story, Episode 1

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We talk to those who were there to cover the story and those who lost out on gold medals to Michelle, to retrace the glory, controversy, divisions, and personal toll caused by that week in Atlanta.

Featuring Paul Kimmage, Vincent Hogan, Paul Howard, Eamon Dunphy and silver medallists Allison Wagner and Marianne Limpert.

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