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Curtis Myden (MSWIM | Student-athlete)

NAME: Curtis Myden


CATEGORY: Student-Athlete

SPORT: Men’s Swimming

YEARS ACTIVE: 1992-94, 1996-97, 1998-99


  • Two-time University of Calgary Athlete of the Year (1994, 1999)

  • Two-time CIAU Swimmer of the Year (1994, 1999)

  • 1997 CIAU Male Athlete of the Year

  • Three-time Olympian (1992, 1996, 2000) and medalist


While Curtis Myden was balancing scholastic and sporting success at the University of Calgary, he was simultaneously making waves as an Olympic swimmer.

As a Dino, the Calgarian was a four-time CIAU Academic All-Canadian and was named the top male academic student-athlete in Canada West in both 1994 and 1999. Myden won multiple CIAU gold medals, was named the top male athlete in Canadian university sport in 1997, and was the CIAU Swimmer of the Year in 1994 and 1999.

Myden was Calgary's Male Athlete of the Year in 1994 and 1999, its Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1994 and 1997, and in 2006 selected him as the “Graduate of the Last Decade”.

Meanwhile, Myden reached the Olympic podium three times, winning bronze medals in the 200-metre and 400-metre individual medleys at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games and capturing another bronze in the 400-metre individual medley at the Sydney Summer Games in 2000. Myden also competed at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, as well as multiple Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, and Pan Pacific Games.

A member of the Canadian national swim team for 12 years, Myden won 68 international medals, including 15 major titles. He won 30 national titles and was named Canada’s Swimmer of the Year six times (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2000). When the Swimming Canada Circle of Excellence was created in 2002, Myden was the inaugural inductee.

In 2014, Myden became the first swimmer and first Olympic medalist to be inducted into the Dinos Hall of Fame. He is also enshrined in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

Myden is now an orthopaedic surgeon with a sub-specialty interest and training in shoulder and knee arthroscopic surgery and pediatric orthopaedics. In 2017 he began working out of the surgeon’s clinic at Whitehorse General Hospital in the Yukon.


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