It's an exciting time as the 2014 Olympics are just over 100 days away, but it's also a sad time as 2012 Olympians are reflecting on their careers and realizing that the time has come to move on to new challenges and adventures.
Yesterday I wrote about Simon Whitfield retiring. Today, it's Scott Dickens.
Scott represented Canada at the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. I watched the Olympic trials intently in 2012 and was so thrilled to see him return to the Olympics after missing out in 2008. I love the Olympics so anytime an athlete gets to compete at the Games, it's a thrill for me.
Here's an interview with Scott Dickens after the Olympic trials.
It's interesting to hear him talk about planning to go faster in London and possibly going under a minute, and now knowing that he did. He broke the national record during the Olympic heats, swimming the 100m n a time of 59.85. He is the first Canadian to break the 1 minute mark in the event. He is one of only two swimmers to get national records at the 2012 Games (Ryan Cochrane broke the national record in the 1500m when he won the silver medal). He also holds the Canadian record in the 50m breaststroke (long course pool).
Scott won Canada's only gold medal in the pool at the Pan Am Games in 2007 in the 100m breaststroke along with a bronze medal in the 4x100m medley relay. What an inspiration for our Canadian swimmers competing at the Pan Am Games in Toronto in 2015.
During the Olympic Heroes Parade, I was fortunate enough to be the volunteer walking with the swimming team float. The athletes (including Scott in the black t-shirt) took a moment for some fun photos before the parade started.