Alexandre Despatie: Through the years

Canadian diving icon Alexandre Despatie, a three-time world champion, announced he's retiring from Olympic competition after the 2012 London Games.

Alexandre Despatie of Canada celebrates after receiving the silver medal during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games

ATHENS - AUGUST 24: Alexandre Despatie of Canada celebrates after receiving the silver medal at the men's diving 3 metre springboard medal ceremony on August 24, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Aquatic Centre Indoor Pool at the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images for FINA)

Tony Ally of England (L), Alexandre Despatie of Canada (M) and Robert Newbery of Australia with their medals during the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England

MANCHESTER - JULY 26: Tony Ally of England (L), Alexandre Despatie of Canada (M) and Robert Newbery of Australia with their medals from the Mens 1m Springboard and the Men's 3m Springboard Diving event at the Manchester Aquatics Centre during the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England on July 26, 2002. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Alexandre Despatie of Canada (Silver), Bo Peng of China (Gold) and Dmitri Sautin of Russia (Bronze) show their medals during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games

ATHENS - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Alexandre Despatie of Canada (Silver), Bo Peng of China (Gold) and Dmitri Sautin of Russia (Bronze) show their medals at the men's diving 3 metre springboard medal ceremony on August 24, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Aquatic Centre Indoor Pool at the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images for FINA)

Alexandre Despatie practices before th2 005 World Championships in Montreal

MONTREAL - JULY 21: Alexandre Despatie of Canada practices for the men's one meter springboard semi-final round during the XI FINA World Championships at the Parc Jean-Drapeau on July 21, 2005 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Alexandre Despatie of Canada poses with his gold medal during the World Championships in Montreal

MONTREAL - JULY 19: Alexandre Despatie of Canada poses with his gold medal in the three meter diving final on the podium during the XI FINA World Championships at the Parc Jean-Drapeau on July 19, 2005 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Alexandre Despatie celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 3 meter Springboard final during the World Championships in Montreal

MONTREAL - JULY 19: Alexandre Despatie of Canada celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 3 meter Springboard final during the XI FINA World Championships on July 19, 2005 at the Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Alexandre Despatie (Gold) of Canada on the podium at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23: (L to R) Robert Newbery (Silver) of Australia, Alexandre Despatie (Gold) of Canada and Steven Barnett (Bronze) of Australia proudly display the medals won during the Men's 3m Springboard Final during the diving at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre during day eight of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games on March 23, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Silver medallist Alexandre Despatie on the podium at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

BEIJING - AUGUST 19: (L-R) Silver medalist Alexandre Despatie of Canada, gold medalist He Chong of China and bronze medalist Qin Kai of China pose with their medals after winning the Men's 3m Springboard Fiinal at the National Aquatics Center on Day 11 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 19, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Silver medalist Alexandre Despatie of Canada celebrates at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

BEIJING - AUGUST 19: Silver medalist Alexandre Despatie of Canada celebrates after the Men's 3m Springboard Fiinal at the National Aquatics Center on Day 11 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 19, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Alexandre Despatie of Canada celebrates winning silver medal in the Men's 3m Springboard Fiinal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

BEIJING - AUGUST 19: Alexandre Despatie of Canada celebrates winning silver medal in the Men's 3m Springboard Fiinal at the National Aquatics Center on Day 11 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 19, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Alexandre Despatie performs in the Men's 10m Platform Semo-Final during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

SYDNEY - SEPTEMBER 29: Alexandre Despatie of Canada performs in the Men's 10m Platform Semo-Final during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games on September 29,2000 at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by: Gary M. Prior/Getty Images)

Canada's Alexandre Despatie performs a dive during the men's 3m springboard final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre

Canada's Alexandre Despatie performs a dive during the men's 3m springboard final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre August 7, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT DIVING OLYMPICS)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 8: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Alexandre Despatie of Canada celebrates prior to receiving the gold medal won in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 11 - Diving

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Alexandre Despatie of Canada competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Diving Final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 11 - Diving

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Alexandre Despatie of Canada competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Diving Semifinal on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Alexandre Despatie and Reuben Ross of Canada compete in the Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard Diving on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 5 - Diving

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: (L-R) Alexandre Despatie and Reuben Ross of Canada react as they compete in the Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard Diving on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Alex Despatie of the Canadian Olympic diving team

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Alexandre Despatie of Canada competesl in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Alexandre Despatie of Canada competes in the Men's 3m Springboard event during the FINA Diving World Series 2012 event at the Water Cube in Beijing on March 23, 2012. He Chong of China finished first with Qin Kai of China in second. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 9: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 12: Alexandre Despatie and Reuben Ross of Canada pose with the gold medals won in the Men's 3m Synchro Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex on day nine of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 12, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 9: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 12: Reuben Ross and Alexandre Despatie of Canada celebrate after winning the gold medal in the Men's 3m Synchro Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex on day nine of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 12, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 9: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 12: (L to R) Ken Nee Yeoh and Bryan Lomas (bronze) of Malaysia, Reuben Ross and Alexandre Despatie (gold) of Canada and Ethan Warren and Matthew Mitcham (silver) of Australia pose with the medals won in the Men's 3m Synchro Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex on day nine of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 12, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 9: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 12: Alexandre Despatie and Reuben Ross of Canada compete in the Men's 3m Synchro Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex on day nine of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 12, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 8: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Alexandre Despatie of Canada poses with the gold medal won in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 8: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Alexandre Despatie of Canada competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Preliminary at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 8: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Alexandre Despatie (R) of Canada celebrates teammate Eric Sehn after winning the gold medal in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 8: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Alexandre Despatie (R) of Canada celebrates teammate Eric Sehn after winning the gold medal in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 8: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Alexandre Despatie of Canada celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 8: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Alexandre Despatie of Canada celebrates a member of his coaching team after winning the gold medal in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Alexandre Despatie of Canada competes in

Alexandre Despatie of Canada competes in the men's 3m springboard diving finals at the Dr. S. P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 11, 2010. Alexandre Despatie of Canada won the gold. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Alexandre Despatie of Canada competes in

Alexandre Despatie of Canada competes in the men's 3m springboard diving finals at the Dr. S. P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 11, 2010. Alexandre Despatie of Canada won the gold. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 8: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Alexandre Despatie of Canada competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Preliminary at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 8: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Alexandre Despatie of Canada competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Preliminary at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 8: Diving

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 11: Alexandre Despatie of Canada poses with the gold medal won in the Men's 3m Springboard Final at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day eight of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 11, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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