As the first Canadian athlete – and the first female diver in the world – to earn medals in four straight Olympic Summer Games, Émilie Heymans is one of this country’s most decorated Olympians of all time.

The St-Lambert, Quebec native collected a bronze at London 2012 in the synchronized 3m springboard with partner Jennifer Abel, marking Canada’s first medal of the Games and adding to a legendary resume.

Heymans made her Olympic debut at Sydney 2000 in the synchronized 10m platform event, winning a silver medal with partner Anne Montminy. After being crowned 10m platform world champion in 2003, Heymans returned to the Olympic Games at Athens 2004 with her new 10m synchro partner, Blythe Hartley, and won bronze. At Beijing 2008 she claimed her first individual Olympic medal, a 10m platform silver.

Heymans and Abel had an impressive 2011, winning a silver medal at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai. The pair matched that finish later on in the year in Guadalajara at the Pan American Games. Heymans rounded out the year with a world championship silver in the 3m springboard.

The six-time Pan American medallist topped her first podium in 1999 in the 10m platform. In 2003 she earned gold from the platform in both the synchro and individual events, adding a silver in 3m springboard. She claimed another Pan Am gold in 2007 in the platform synchro. To add to her decorated list of accomplishments, Heymans is also a four-time Commonwealth Games medallist.

Since retiring in January 2013, Heymans has used her degree in fashion marketing to launch her own swimwear collection.