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Jennifer Abel

Jennifer Abel
  • Born: 08/23/1991
  • Age: 22
  • Height: 160cm
  • Weight: 62kg
  • Birthplace: Montréal, QC

Jennifer AbelJennifer Abel was the first to put Canada on the medal table in London 2012 with 3-metre synchronized springboard partner Émilie Heymans. The pair earned bronze on Day 2 of the Games, marking Abel’s first time on an Olympic podium. In the 3m individual event, she finished sixth.

In Beijing 2008, at age 16, Abel became one of the youngest divers in Canadian history to secure a berth and represent her country at the Olympic Games.

The Laval, Que. native started diving in 1996 and made her first senior international appearance in 2006 at the Senior Grand Prix in Spain. In 2008, she earned a silver medal with Heymans and collected a pair of bronze medals on the FINA Grand Prix circuit the following year. Heymans (a four-time Olympic medallist) and Abel worked together to become an international force and in 2010 the duo reached the podium on the FINA Grand Prix, World Series, and World Cup circuits.

At the Commonwealth Games in Delhi that year, Abel was one gold shy of a sweep in all three springboard events, earning two gold medals and one silver. In 2011, Abel did not miss a podium on the 3-metre event all season, and with two medals at the FINA World Aquatic Championships, she secured Canada spots in both the 3-metre individual and 3-metre synchro events at the 2012 London Games.

Abel joined Heymans to finish the 2011 season with a silver medal in 3-metre synchro at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara. Upon returning from Mexico, Jennifer was named the 2011 Aquatic Federation of Canada’s female athlete of the year.

Languages spoken:

French, English

Idols (in sport or other):

Greg Louganis

Training Location(s):

Olympic Pool, Montreal

Coach:

Arturo Miranda

Senior national athlete since:

2006 at 15 years old

National titles:

2006: Junior National Championships – 10m
2008: Winter Senior National Championships – 1m
2008: Winter Senior National Championships – 3m synchro (partner: Meaghan Benfeito)
2009: Winter Senior National Championships – 1m
2009: Summer Senior National Championships – 3m synchro (partner: Melanie Rinaldi)
2010: Winter Senior National Championships – 3m synchro (partner: Meaghan Benfeito)
2010: Summer Senior National Championships – 3m
2010: Summer Senior National Championships: 3m synchro (partner: Émilie Heymans)
2011: Winter Senior National Championships – 3m
2011: Winter Senior National Championships – 3m synchro (partner: Émilie Heymans)
2011: Summer Senior National Championships – 3m synchro (partner: Émilie Heymans)
2013: Winter Senior National Championships – 3m
2013: Winter Senior National Championships – 3m synchro (partner: Pamela Ware)
2013: Summer Senior National Championships – 3m
2013: Summer Senior National Championships – 3m synchro (partner: Pamela Ware)

World Championship appearances – Best results by year:

2006 World Junior Championships: 3m – bronze
2008 World Junior Championships: 3m – silver
2009 FINA World Championships: 3m synchro (partner: Melanie Rinaldi) – 4th
2010 FINA World Cup: 3m synchro (partner: Émilie Heymans) – bronze
2011 FINA World Championships: 3m synchro (partner: Émilie Heymans) – silver
2011 FINA World Championships: 3m – bronze
2012 FINA World Cup: 3m synchro (partner: Émilie Heymans) – silver
2013 FINA World Championships: 3m synchro (partner: Pamela Ware) – bronze

Major awards:

2011 Aquatic Federation of Canada Female Athlete of the Year
2010 Diving Canada Female Athlete of the Year Award
2008 Beverly Boy’s Award (Winter Nationals)
2006 Diving Canada Outstanding Diving Junior Award

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2008 BeijingOlympic Summer GamesAquatics - DivingSpringboard 3m - Women - 13
2012 LondonOlympic Summer GamesAquatics - DivingSpringboard 3m - Women - 6
2012 LondonOlympic Summer GamesAquatics - DivingSynchronized Springboard 3m - Women - Bronze
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