Imbeau-Dulac: Beating Olympic veteran Reuban Ross was a surprise
Diver Francois Imbeau-Dulac, of St Lazare, Quebec, was just announced as one of 9 athletes who will represent Canada at the Olympic games in London. He qualified after winning the men's three-metre competition at the Canadian Olympic diving trials Sunday and says having his Olympic dreams come down to just one competition can be a little stressful.
“It was a nerve wracking weekend. Just knowing that it’s over and that i’m qualified for the Olympics... it’s just overwhelming. I’m really happy with the way I dove on Sunday and i’m happy to make my first Olympic team”
Imbeau-Dulac raised eyebrows this weekend when he beat out Olympic veteran Reuben Ross, who will still get a chance to compete in the games after qualifying in the the 3 metre synchro with Alexandre Despatie.
“I was surprised. It was the surprising result of the weekend. Ruban is older he has more experience than me, he went the 2008 Olympic games on the 3 metre and the 10 metre. So knowing that I was the young guy who was fighting for a spot and knowing that he has more experience than me it was a big surprise.”
It will be the first Olympic games for Imbeau-Dulac and although he says he’s nervous to represent Canada on the world stage, he’s happy to have Despatie to turn to for advice
“I’m really thrilled about going with him to the Olympics knowing that it’s his fourth Olympic games and it’s my first one. So he’s probably going to be a big support for me over there. And i’m just really happy knowing that. He’s my idol. When I was ten, eleven years old I watched him diving in the international competitions. So I’m happy that i’m going to be with him over there.”