Alexandre Despatie, announced at a news conference today, that he is leaving the sport. With the approach of his 28th birthday, he says his dream now is a career in television.
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Olmypic athlete retiring at age 27

One of Canada’s most successful athletes, Alexandre Despatie, announced today that he is retiring.

Despatie clenches his fists in satisfaction after completing his final dive in men’s 3-metre springboard at the World Aquatics Championships in Montreal on July 19, 2005. He had reason to celebrate – he won the gold medal in the event and set a new world record. Despatie followed it up with gold in the 1m springboard, also setting a world record © Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

After consistent podium finishes for years in Olympic and international events, Despatie hit on the edge of the diving board while doing a 3.5 somersault dive at an event in Spain in June 2012.  After recovering from his concussion,  and was able to compete at the London Olympics  but this time did not make the podium.

Alexandre Despatie poses on the podium after winning his second Olympic silver medal, at the 2008 Beijing Games. © Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Despatie won silver in the individual three-metre springboard at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and is the only diver ever to win gold in each of the 1-metre, 3-metre and 10-metre competitions at the world championships.

The athlete who turns 28 this month, says he hopes to persue a career in television, although he’s not sure at this point whether it would be in broadcasting, acting, or both.

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