Despatie reporter in Vancouver
Alexandre Despatie is well-known for being a two-time Olympic silver medallist and three-time World Champion in diving. But during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, the 24-year-old diver has shown quite different skills, by taking on the role of host, commentator and reporter for Canada’s sports radio station RDS.
Despatie, who is very popular in his home province, Quebec, hosted the radio’s French version of Difference Makers – Faire la différence – a programme which presents 17 Olympians and Paralympians from Quebec and especially pays tribute to the athletes’ coaches and families and their tremendous support in both good and bad times. Moreover, Despatie acted as commentator for the French-language coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Vancouver, joining broadcast team Pierre Houde and Richard Garneau. The Games definitely kept him busy as he also made reports from Olympic venues in Vancouver and Whistler.
Despatie’s Olympic experience started in Sydney 2000, with a fourth place in the 10-metre platform event. When returning to the Games in Athens 2004, he won a silver medal in the 3-metre springboard, and a second one in Beijing 2008. Three-time World Champion, Despatie took gold in the 10-metre platform at the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Barcelona 2003 and in both the 1-metre and 3-metre springboard events in Montreal 2005. In 2007, he left Melbourne with two silver medals, one for the 3-metre and another for the 3-metre synchro event.