For veteran Canadian swimmer Brent Hayden, Olympic lessons learned

By Allan Maki, The Globe & Mail
Originally Published: 31 July, 2012

There are lessons and then there are Olympic lessons. For Brent Hayden, his are simple: Don’t be caught at night by local police officers carrying clubs and don’t hold back in the 100-metres freestyle heats.

Hayden, you could argue, has a world-class education in the shock and ouch of the Olympic Games. In 2004, he was mistakenly clubbed by Athenian police and needed assistance from the Canadian Olympic Committee and RCMP to secure his release. In Beijing four years later, he entered the Games as the world 100-metres free champion and didn’t get out of the semi-finals. That was the beating that hurt the most… Click here to read on

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