Ryan Cochrane

Canadian Swimmer: Two-Time Olympic Medalist

It’s been a long year, filled with many ups and downs, that is now finishing with the World Championships here in Kazan. This is by far our biggest competition outside of the Olympic Games and I’ll be participating for my 5th time. I think back to 2005 where I narrowly missed these Championships by 1/10 of a second: at the time I probably wasn’t ready to represent Canada internationally, but times sure have changed.

Our team was able to accomplish something great in Toronto a few weeks ago… yes the medals had something to do with it, but the notion of winning and the attitude we’ve carried forward from those games will allow us to set even greater goals for ourselves in the long run.

It’s a new experience racing without our biggest supporter, but Randy wouldn’t want anything other than ‘the best’. I think it's safe to say we will try with everything we have to make that happen here in Russia.

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It was an experience I can easily say will stay with me for the rest of my life. Being able to stand on that podium in front of a sold out crowd at home really shook me to the core; it showed me how much Canadian's care about sport and how supportive they are for our success. Thank you everyone for the absurd amount of well wishes!

Tonight swimming is finishing up with a bang... our men's and women's 4 x 100 medley relays have some good lanes for their finals, the always inspiring Brittany MacLean is up in the 800, and I'll be looking for that podium again in the final of the 1500 at 8 est.

It will be a tough race, especially considering the 400 final was only 24 hours ago. However, no matter what, we can hear you in that pool!

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