ARMSTRONG Dylan < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Canada   
Gender Men
Born 15 Jan 1981 in Kamloops, CAN
Height1.93 m
Weight 140 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Kamloops, BC, CAN
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education University of Texas: Austin, TX, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up athletics at age nine.
Club / Team Kamloops Track and Field Club: Canada
Name of coach Dr Anatoly Bondarchuk
Coach from which country? Ukraine
Coach from what year? 2005
International Debut
Year 2000
Competing for Canada
General Interest
Hobbies Boating, travelling. (guadalajara.olympic.ca, 2011)
Hero / Idol Former coach Derek Evely. (Athletics Canada, 22 Jun 2007)
Injuries An elbow injury affected his performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (edmontonsun.com, 28 Jun 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "You gotta love what you do. I just want to keep throwing further." (canda.com, 30 Jul 2010)
Awards and honours In 2011 he was awarded the Jack W. Davies Trophy for overall athlete of the year, the F.N.A. Rowell Trophy for outstanding field athlete and the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding performance. (kamloopsthisweek.com, 21 Dec 2011)
Other sports He played American football at high school and received a dozen offers of scholarships but switched to athletics after seeing the physical strain the game took on players' bodies. (torontosun.com, 01 Aug 2010)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (edmontonsun.com, 28 Jun 2013)
Other information OLYMPIC HEARTACHE
Despite breaking the national record in the shot put at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he finished fourth with a throw of 21.04m, missing out on a medal by one centimetre. He has spoken about the burden of constantly being asked about the event and also about the motivation it provides. "It's the one centimetre thing. If it was 10 centimetres it would be 'whatever'. It is a competition and that is what competing is about. It gives me that extra rocket fuel." However, he was in line to receive the medal after initial bronze winner Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus was handed a lifetime ban for doping in 2013. (thestar.com, 14 Jun 2013)

TRAINING IN CANADA
He has commented on the difficulties of training in Canada and the advantages that athletes from warmer climates have. In Canada, he is unable to train outdoors for the hammer without going into sub-zero temperatures and snow. "Outside there would be two feet of snow around the circle, and we'd be out there shovelling it and putting salt on it to melt everything. People upstate don't even do that, they think we're pretty crazy, but I had to do it. It was the only thing I could do to train." (The Daily Texan, 05 Apr 2007)

NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first Canadian to win a world championship medal in a field event in 2011. (huffingtonpost.ca, 02 Sept 2011)

FRIENDSHIP
He is good friends with Canadian 800m runner Gary Reed and was best man at his wedding in late 2010 despite only arriving in Canada a few hours before the ceremony. "I am coming back from Europe and I think I get in two hours before the wedding. I will miss the rehearsal but I have a game plan. I actually have a private plane arranged to take me from Calgary to Kelowna, believe it or not. My buddy is a pilot." (cbc.ca, 28 Jul 2010)