Olympian: Mariann Domonkos

Years Qualified: Seoul 1988

Fun Fact: Diana Gee was the American player who I beat in the last match to qualify. I had never beaten her before because of my difficulty with her long pips. I played her again a few months later leading up to the Olympics. I was down 2-0 and 20-14 in the third and won. She was also in my group at the Olympics where I was again down 2-0 before coming back to win the next three. 

Career Highlights :    

  • 29 Sr. Canadian Titles including 10 successive Women’s Singles Titles
  • Pan Am Games: 4-gold, 3-silver, 4-bronze medals
  • Commonwealth Championships: 1-gold, 5-silver, 11-bronze medals
  • World University Championships: 1-gold, 2-silver, 2-bronze medals
  • 1988 Olympian – 1st Canadian female 
  • 1st Canadian table tennis athlete (male or female) to play in an overseas professional league: German Bundesliga (1st division) 1981-82 season finishing 2nd overall in the individual standings

Apprentice National Coach 1987-1989
National Women’s Coach 1989-2002

What advice would you give someone going to their first Olympic Games?

Enjoy the process. Focus on your individual games, rather than the outcome of winning a medal. Be humble about your experiences among so many other international athletes. 

What advice would you give some athletes that are hoping to make the 2024 or 2028 Olympic Games?

Always give 100% in training and competition. When you need it, then you are ready. Be honest with yourself and build your confidence.