In 1992, Arturo Miranda qualified for Cuba's Olympic diving team. However
the State sports system deemed he was a longshot for a medal and didn't
send him to Barcelona. Now at 29-years-old, he is off to Sydney with the
Canadian squad on men's three-metre.
His last international competition before this year was in 1991. He
married a Canadian who was a consultant to the Cuban tourist industry and
moved to Toronto when his wife's contract expired in 1995. He started
coaching but decided last year to re-ignite his Olympic dream.
"I sacrificed a lot of things for this because I thought it was possible,"
said Miranda, who missed a week and half of training in May, just before
the trials, after he injured his shoulder at an international meet in
Mexico. "I still haven't regained my full confidence yet in the sport but
I'm working on it."
Miranda talks to the press
Despatie & Arturo Miranda
Canadian divers ham it up
2000 Games Diving Coverage