Garret Pulle analyzed his options carefully to decipher the best way to
make the 2000 Olympic team. His specialty is the 100 butterfly, however
having trained with Mike Mintenko in Vancouver last year and with Shamek
Pietucha in Calgary this year, he knew those two would be tough to beat out
for a spot.
"After nationals I had two months to start concentrating on the freestyle,"
said the biology student, who made the Olympic team in the 4X100 freestyle
relay team. "I did everything I could to make it on the relay. I'm pretty
proud how I worked all that out and that it all fell together for me. This
is what I've dreamed of since I've been eight-years-old."
In 1992, Pulle, at 14, was the youngest male swimmer at the Olympic trials
but by 1996 he was out of swimming altogether. "I was slipping in all
aspects at that time," said Pulle, who is of Sri Lankan descent. "It was a
big effort to step on the blocks again in 1997 because I had missed my
Olympic opportunity the year before."
Canadian Garret Pulle in the opening ceremonies
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