VANCOUVER, Canada, October 23. TWO-time Canadian Olympian Scott Dickens has decided to call it a career after a 10-year run with the Canadian National Team. Dickens is best known as the first Canadian to break 1:00 in the 100-meter breaststroke.
Dickens, who also owns the 50 and 100-meter breaststroke Canadian records in long course meter format, decided to retire at the age of 29.
”I’m going to miss my teammates the most,” Dickens said. ”I was very proud to represent the greatest country in the world for so many years and at such big events as the Olympic Games. It was a gradual decision to stop but I’m at peace with it now.”
Dickens is one of the rare two-time Olympians to do so after missing an Olympics in between. He first made the Olympics for Canada in 2004, then returned in 2012 where he posted a 59.85 to break a minute in the 100 breast.
”I wasn’t ready to retire in 2008, I couldn’t do it,” he said. ”I wanted to be at the pool and I wanted to train. There was nothing I loved more than testing the limits of the human body. There was a challenge every day.”
Dickens had plans to continue in the sport in 2013 following his epic Olympic year, but suffered a concussion in January while snowboarding. Not only did that end his ability to train, but it ended his chance of recovering to make the World Championships Trials.