When the eight finalists take their marks in both men's individual medleys
at the 2000 Olympics, Calgary's Curtis Myden should be among that group.
He won two bronze medals in the IM's at the 1996 Olympics but a deep field
in the event makes either race too close to call for Sydney. Myden
enjoyed a superb 1999 season sweeping IM gold at the Pan Am Games and
claiming double silver at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia. In
the 400 IM he posted the world's fastest time for 1999 and broke his
Canadian record at the Pan Ams to pre-qualify for the Olympics. He was
also ranked fourth internationally in the 200 IM.
Until the Pan Ams, the 26-year-old Calgarian had set aside his swimming
career briefly to concentrate on getting a bachelor of science degree in
exercise and physiology which forced him to miss the 1998 Commonwealth
Games. At the time it was a controversial decision but no one's second
guessing him now.
Myden's faces a daunting task to beat any of the following in Sydney: Tom
Wilkens of the U.S., Matthew Dunn of Australia, world champion Marcel Wouda
of the Netherlands, world record holder Janni Sievinen of Finland and
there's also Hungarian Olympic champion Attila Czene who had a very quiet
A nine-year national team member, Myden holds all the Canadian IM records
in both short course and long course and is a 27- time national champion.
Sydney will be his third Olympics.
Men's 200-metre individual medley: Curtis Myden, Calgary, finished sixth in semifinal heat, eliminated.
Curtis Myden, Calgary, won bronze medal.
Curtis Myden reacts to the clock
Myden trailing Tom Dolan
Myden shows off his medal
Myden and the other medalists
Curtis Myden in a preliminary heat
Curtis Myden at work
Myden adjusts his swim cap
Joanne Malar & Curtis Myden
Curtis Myden practising
Myden in the water
Malar shows talks with Curtis Myden
2000 Games Swimming Coverage