Jennifer Abel twirling during a dive

Jennifer Abel

Canadian Olympic Medal Count

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Biography

Jennifer Abel broke onto the international scene in 2006 with a 3m bronze medal at the FINA World Junior Championships. Two years later, at age 16, she was the youngest Canadian diver at Beijing 2008. At London 2012, it was Abel and partner Émilie Heymans who won Canada’s first medal of the Games with their 3m synchro bronze. 

With Heymans, Abel also reached the podium at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the 2011 Pan American Games, the 2010 and 2012 FINA World Cups, as well as the 2011 FINA World Championships. After Heymans’ retirement, Abel teamed with Pamela Ware resulting in synchro podium success at the 2013 and 2015 FINA World Championships, the 2014 and 2016 FINA World Cups, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, as well as the 2015 Pan Am Games. Individually, Abel was a bronze medalist at the 2011 FINA World Championships along with the 2014 and 2016 FINA World Cups. She also captured 3m gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games. 

Abel had two near podium finishes at Rio 2016, placing fourth in both the individual and synchronized 3m events, the latter alongside Ware. At the 2017 FINA World Championships, Abel won bronze individually in the 3m springboard and silver in the 3m synchro event with Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu. They also won silver at the 2018 FINA World Cup. Another highlight for Abel in 2018 was winning 3m gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. 

Abel finished the FINA World Series as one of the top three ranked divers in the women’s 3m springboard each year since 2014, including a first-place finish in 2019. At the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games, Abel was a double gold medallist in the individual and synchro 3m events. Shortly thereafter, she became the most decorated Canadian diver ever at the FINA World Championships as she brought her career total to 10 podiums, taking home silver medals in the 3m synchro with Citrini-Beaulieu and in the mixed 3m synchro with François Imbeau-Dulac. 

In early March 2020, Abel won gold in all three 3m events (individual, synchro, mixed synchro) at the FINA World Series in Montreal before all competitions were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her next event would be the FINA World Cup in May 2021 where she and Citrini-Beaulieu won 3m synchro silver and she finished fifth individually.

A Little More About Jennifer

Getting into the Sport: Started diving at age 5, following her brother… Had been a synchronized swimmer but asked her mother to sign her up for diving… Participated in her first regional competition when she was 6 and says she was an extremely sore loser, making it clear she had competitive spirit… Outside Interests: Wants to work in communications; interested in planning and organizing events… Shopping relaxes her… Loves the summer festivals in Montreal and attending film premieres or performances… Enjoys cooking, especially BBQ in summer, and trying new restaurants… Odds and Ends: Inspired by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt for his desire to surpass himself even though he is already the best… Favourite mottos: “Let go on negativity, focus on the good” / “Be happy, the rest will follow”…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
Beijing 2008Aquatics - DivingSpringboard 3m - Women13
London 2012Aquatics - DivingSpringboard 3m - Women6
London 2012 Aquatics - DivingSynchronized Springboard 3m - WomenBronze
Rio 2016 Aquatics - DivingSynchronized Springboard 3m - Women4
Rio 2016Aquatics - DivingSpringboard 3m - Women4
Tokyo 2020Aquatics - Diving Synchronized Springboard 3m - WomenSilver

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2020 - SILVER (3m synchro); 2016 - 4th  (3m synchro), 4th (3m); 2012 – BRONZE (3m synchro), 6th (3m); 2008 – 13th (3m) Pan American Games: 2019 – GOLD (3m), GOLD (3m synchro); 2015 – GOLD (3m), SILVER (3m synchro); 2011 – SILVER (3m synchro), 5th (3m) Commonwealth Games: 2018 – GOLD (3m) 5th (3m synchro); 2014 – SILVER (3m), SILVER (3m synchro); 2010 – GOLD (3m synchro), SILVER (3m) FINA World Championships: 2019 – SILVER (3m synchro), 4th (3m), SILVER (3m mixed synchro); 2017 – SILVER (3m synchro), BRONZE (3m), SILVER (3m mixed synchro); 2015 – SILVER (3m synchro), 6th (3m), SILVER (3m mixed synchro); 2013 – BRONZE (3m synchro), 5th (3m);  2011 – SILVER (3m synchro), BRONZE (3m); 2009 – 4th (3m synchro), 11th (3m) FINA World Cup: 2021 – SILVER (3m synchro), 5th (3m); 2018 – SILVER (3m synchro), 8th (3m); 2016 – SILVER (3m synchro), BRONZE (3m); 2014 – SILVER (3m synchro), BRONZE (3m); 2012 – SILVER (3m synchro); 2010 – BRONZE (3m synchro), 4th (3m); 2008 – 11th (3m)