François Imbeau-Dulac made his Olympic debut at London 2012 where he finished 13th in the men’s 3m springboard event, missing the final by just one place. Imbeau-Dulac had impressed in the preliminary round, posting the single highest-scoring dive (93.60) on his sixth and final attempt to help him advance to the semifinal.
A year earlier, Imbeau-Dulac had debuted at the FINA World Championships and finished fifth in the 3m springboard at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara. Four years later he won 3m synchro silver with Philippe Gagné at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
Imbeau-Dulac joined the national junior team program in 2007 and made the jump to the senior team a year later. In his second FINA World Championships appearance in 2013, he finished two spots shy of the 3m springboard semifinal.
In 2014, Imbeau-Dulac dealt with multiple hip injuries, but did compete at the Commonwealth Games and FINA World Cup. He then completely changed his technique, switching the primary leg that powers his takeoff. The hard work helped get his 2015 season off to a good start as he competed on the elite World Series circuit and ended up winning silver with Jennifer Abel in the non-Olympic mixed 3m synchro event at the FINA World Championships. At the 2017 Worlds, he won bronze with Abel in the same event.
In 2018, Imbeau-Dulac teamed with Gagné to win 3m synchro silver at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The duo then just missed the podium at the 2018 FINA World Cup, placing fourth, which was followed by a 10th place finish for Imbeau-Dulac in the individual 3m event.
Competing on the FINA World Series circuit in 2018, Imbeau-Dulac finished the season ranked fifth overall in the 3m springboard.
A little more about François
Getting into the Sport: Started diving at age 9 and first competed two years later… His parents signed him up because he was always jumping around; he wanted to do gymnastics but they thought it would be too dangerous for a “daredevil kid” like him… Outside Interests: Finished Cégep by distance in 2015 (Human Sciences)… Enjoys outdoor sports such as hiking and kayaking… Likes swimming, baseball, hockey… Huge figure skating fan and sometimes regrets that he stopped competing… Spends a lot of time studying in coffee shops and competing in dog shows with his dogs and mom… Odds and Ends: Favourite quote: “Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising every time we fall” – Confucius… Inspired by figure skaters Patrick Chan (for his grace, power and ability to make every movement look effortless) and Florent Amodio (for his unique style and artistry) because they represent the type of diver he wants to be… Nickname: Frank…
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Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2012 – 13th (3m)
Pan American Games: 2015 – SILVER (3m synchro), 6th (3m); 2011 – 5th (3m)
Commonwealth Games: 2018 - SILVER (3m synchro), 6th (3m); 2014 – 7th (3m), 12th (1m)
FINA World Championships: 2017 - 27th (3m), 9th (3m synchro), BRONZE (mixed 3m synchro); 2015 – SILVER (mixed 3m synchro), 5th (3m synchro), 32nd (3m); 2013 – 20th (3m); 2011 – 29th (3m)
FINA World Cup: 2018 - 10th (3m), 4th (3m synchro); 2016 – 7th (3m synchro), 25th (3m); 2014 – 18th (3m), 7th (3m synchro)
FINA World Championships (junior): 2008 – 24th (3m), 5th (3m synchro)