For my Friend, Igor. Thank you for getting me back on my Feet!! I couldn’t have done it without YOU!!
Diver, Three Times World Champion, Twice Olympic Medalist, Canada
A Canadian hero, Alexandre Despatie has been a three-time world champion and two-time silver medalist in Olympic diving. Three months before the 2008 Olympics, he blew out the fifth metatarsal on his foot. Four years of preparation and training were suddenly lost and he fell into a classic depression; physically, mentally, and spiritually. He came to Boston with his diving partner. He was competing in solo as well as in synchronized diving. He told Igor, "I have only one choice now, I have you. I have tried everything else. I believe you can help me. You have helped so many." Alexandre worked in the water and on land, where he showed both dedication and talent. New exercise routines in both water and on land helped his spirit come back. His ability to move freely in the water gave him joy as did his performance on land where he mimicked his diving techniques with no pain and great enthusiasm. He made the Canadian Olympic team which lifted the spirits of his teammates as he had been their leader for years and was the most experienced competitor on the team. That year he won a Silver Olympic Medal.