Sport Shorts: Mike Brown Back for Shot at 2012 Podium
Mike Brown: Two-time Olympic swimmer Mike Brown is returning to the national team focused on competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The native of Perth, Ont. owns the Canadian record in 200-metre breaststroke, which he set at the 2008 Olympic Games. There, he finished 4th, fractions of a second away from the bronze medal. He has been one of Canada’s most successful swimmers over the past decade.
“Having an opportunity to represent Canada at a third Olympics and having another shot at the podium is an opportunity I can’t pass up,” Brown said. He had retired in May 2009, but the love of sport and competition brought him back.
Kyle Nissen: Two-time Canadian Olympic aerialist Kyle Nissen has announced his retirement from competition. He captured 12 World Cup medals in freestyle skiing and competed in four World Championships and the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Nissen credits the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) for helping him transition from sport to another career path after attending the COC’s 2010 Post Olympic Excellence Series. Good luck to Kyle in the future.
Youth Games: The first-ever Canadian Youth Olympic Team will begin competition in Singapore this weekend. Follow the action on Olympic.ca.
Walter Pady: Equestrian athlete Walter Pady attended the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. There, he was part of Canada’s first Olympic three-day event team. He went on to become a skilled show jumper. After his competitive career ended, Walter chaired the national jumping team as well as the Canadian Equestrian Team.
“Walter was one of the founding leaders of Canadian equestrianism, and one of the great figures of our sport,” said Equine Canada CEO, Akaash Maharaj. Walter died on August 9, 2010 at the age of 78, tragically in a car accident. The Canadian Olympic Team extends its condolences to Walter’s family and friends.