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French Canadian diver – Alexandre Despatie
Alexandre Despatie, born June 8, 1985 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is a French Canadian diver.
Alexandre began diving at age five in his own backyard pool, and in the 2000 Summer Olympics finished in 4th place in the 10 metre platform.
Alexandre first came to public attention at the 1998 Commonwealth Games with an extremely impressive gold medal on the 10 metre platform (which included an unprecedented score of perfect 10s). He was only 13 years old at the time, and the achievement was recorded in the Guinness Book Of World Records 2000.
He won the silver medal at the world championships in 2002 in Fukuoka, Japan in the same event, and in 2003 won a gold medal at the World Diving championships in Barcelona, Spain in the 10 metre platform.
At the Olympics in 2004 in Athens, Greece, he won the silver medal in the men’s 3 metre springboard competition, but finished out of the medal standings in fourth place in the 10 metre platform. This finish was contrary to expectations going into the games, where he was expected to win silver or gold in 10 metre platform and not place in the springboard.
In front of his home crowd at the World Aquatic Championships 2005 in Montreal, he became World Champion on the 3 metre springboard. He won with a world record score of 813.60 points, his “worst” dive being rated an average 8.5. Alexandre followed up on that performance by winning the 1m springboard, with a world record score of 489.69.
Alexandre attends André Grasset College. In an interview with the CBC in the lead-up to the 2004 Olympics, he said he was interested in acting and television/movie production, and may pursue that as a career once he is no longer diving.