Growing up in Vancouver Dustin Hersee wasn't thrilled when his mother
decided to put him in swimming lessons at age eight at a chilly outdoor
facility. Now he's going to Olympics after upsetting a couple of veterans
in the men's 200 backstroke at the Games' trials in June.
He hadn't won a national level race in three years but at the trials he
defeated Chris Renaud, a former short course world record holder in the 50
backstroke, as well as club mate and world championship medallist Mark
"I've been in the shadow a long time but I was confident I could break
out," said Hersee, who won his lone Canadian crown in 1997 in the 200
backstroke. "I always believed in myself and I kept it going. It's taking
me three years to get back but I'm back when it counts. One of the keys to
my development is having the opportunity to race world class backstrokers
like Mark and Chris the last few years."
Dustin Hersee, Vancouver, placed seventh in heat, eliminated.
Dustin Hersee & Mike Mintenko
2000 Games Swimming Coverage