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Despatie overcomes concussion and will dive for Canada at London Olympics

Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie's scar is seen on his forehead as a result of a diving accident while training in Spain last month, Thursday, July 5, 2012 in Montreal. Despatie talked about his training and recovery and confirmed he will compete in the London Olympic Games this summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

MONTREAL - Alexandre Despatie will dive for Canada at the London Olympics, overcoming a concussion he sustained while training last month.

The two-time Olympic silver medallist confirmed his participation at the 2012 Games at a news conference Thursday.

His Olympic future looked in doubt when he hit his head on the diving board while training in Spain for the Madrid Grand Prix. Despatie was admitted into hospital and required surgery to close a 10-centimetre wound near his hairline.

Initial neurological tests indicated the 27-year-old from Laval, Que., hadn't suffered a concussion but a specialist in Canada confirmed otherwise.

Despatie says he is now back in the pool training, and while getting back to Olympic form is a step-by-step process he says he's doing well.

Despatie won silver in springboard at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens to become the first Canadian male to earn an Olympic diving medal.

Despite breaking his foot a few weeks prior to the 2008 Games in Beijing, Despatie won silver again.

"Thank you to all the fans, the public that sent so many encouraging notes," Despatie said. "It means a lot to me. You have no idea.

"It was a bit overwhelming, but I'm very happy that you guys are proud of me and I'll do everything I can to make you proud still."

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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