Olympic Spotlight: Alexandre Despatie

Now that the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are in full swing, all eyes are on our local athletes – the gold rush is officially declared! We’re particularly proud of French Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie. This gifted Adonis definitely has what it takes to bring home the gold, here’s why.

Alexandre Despatie was born June 8th, 1985 in Montreal. The three-time world champion and Olympic medalist began diving at the tender age of 5 and got his ticket to fame at 13, when he won the gold medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

He was the youngest gold medal winner in the history of the games and for that impressive achievement, Alexandre Despatie made it into the 2000 Guinness Book of World Records. Like a true winner, 23 year-old Despatie got over the foot injury that prevented him to train for weeks in spring 2008 and is now in top shape to compete in the Beijing Olympics.

Watch him take the plunge today, August 13th at 2:30 p.m. for the Men’s Synchronised 3 m Springboard Final and on Monday, August 18th 2008 at 7:00 p.m. for the Men’s Springboard Preliminary. Best of luck Alex!

By Natalia Cheikh

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