Olympian Alex Despatie: “Thanks to you, Mom.”

Alexandre Despatie, Beijing 2008.

Her son’s first contact with water was at three years old, said Christiane Despatie. At age two or three, Alexandre Despatie wanted to dive. It wasn’t long after that, his mother said, he wanted to play “Olympics.”

At age 13, the Laval, Quebec, diver became a media sensation winning a gold medal in the 1998 Commonwealth Games earning him a place in the 2000 Guinness Book of World Records.

As a diver his movements are controlled, precise and fine tuned. Yet, in 2012, what is most noteworthy is his resilience and resolve to come back and win after suffering significant injuries.

“He always bounces back,” Christiane Despatie said.

Listen to her story and you will understand why Alex Despatie proclaims: “Thanks to you, mom.”


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