This is Alexandre Despatie. Isn't he beautiful?
He also just won a silver medal for Canada in the 3 metre springboard. Go Alex!
I developed a sudden interest in diving when I saw Despatie, aged just 19, at the Athens games. I was glued to my TV and arrived late to the lab. I apologised to my 22 year-old summer student, who was waiting for me to show her how to split cells (LOOK! SCIENCE BLOGGING!!!! I can still do it) and explained about this wonderful Olympic spectacle.
She was outraged.
"Cath! That's disgusting! You're 27! He's too young even for ME!"
About half an hour later, our late 40s female PI showed up.
"Ohmygod did you see that gorgeous Canadian diver??!! That's why I'm late, I couldn't stop watching."
And then my student's head exploded.
I am not ashamed to be a pervert in this particular case. Call me a cougar, I don't care.
Well done also to Simon Whitfield, who finished second in the triathlon. What an exciting finish! I was hollering at the TV.
Meanwhile team GB continues to kick ass. Looking over our shoulders at the Aussies, but in a good position to win that per capita medals count.