Maxim Bouchard

Diving head down to Rio.

Second time around should be easier, right ?

Step back. 

Last year was probably one of the most successful year of my athletic career. On top of making the World Cup and Commonwealth Games team I also won my first two national titles. 

Everything was going great until I got held back by a shoulder injury. We tried a variety of non-surgical alternative to make my shoulder functional and reduce the pain. Physio, osteo, acupuncture, painkillers, cortisone shots... You name it, I’ve tried it. Some things worked for a couple of days and others didn't work at all. It was very frustrating to do everything you are told to do and yet your body doesn't respond the way professionals expected it to.

I rested my shoulder for a month over the summer and I was aching to get back to training and into the pool. September came and so did more setbacks. My shoulder was worst than it had been when I competed at the Commonwealth games (which is when my shoulder pain was at it's peek).

It has now been two months since the surgery and as crazy as it sounds, it has not been as easy as the first time I had to get a surgery. 

The last time, I was hospitalized for a whole week on the opposite side of the globe. 

The last time, it wasn’t by choice. 

The last time, I didn’t decide I needed a surgery, I was severely injured. 

The last time, my head was split open and I still had no fear.  

The last time, I knew I had absolutely nothing more to loose and everything to gain. 

This time, my dreams and goals are very different and my respect and dedication for the sport is higher than it’s ever been.

Sure today, I am thankful to only be able to dive again and it sure is one of my proudest accomplishments to date. But, being able to dive is not what gets me going everyday anymore. I know I can do this. I know my dream is realistic and I am getting closer to it every single day.  I am living my passion.

The road ahead will not be smooth, but it doesn’t mean that it will stop me. The decision to get surgery wasn’t an easy one. I was scared to never be able to dive again, but I had to make a decision with my head and my heart, not with my emotions. 

 A good friend always said: “Sometimes you need to take a step back in order to take two forward.” I believe that taking this step back will only make me a stronger athlete. I am hungrier than ever before and I will be unstoppable when I return to the pool in January.

Toronto 2015 and World Champs: I’m coming for you!!!!!

Until next time,


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