Jennifer Abel (born August 23, 1991) is a Canadian diver. She is currently partnered with Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu for synchronized diving. She won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the 3 m synchro diving event with Émilie Heymans. Abel is the two time Commonwealth Games champion in the 1 m springboard, in 2010 and 2014; she is also the 2015 Pan American Games champion in the 3 m springboard. Her medals at the FINA World Championships, four silver and four bronze, are tied with Alexander Despatie for most medals by a Canadian in diving at the world championships.
Abel at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
August 23, 1991 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Residence||Laval, Quebec, Canada|
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb)|
|Event(s)||3 metres & 3 metres synchro|
|Club||Pointe-Claire Diving Club|
|Former partner(s)||Émilie Heymans
|Coached by||Arturo Miranda|
Abel became one of Canada's youngest ever divers when she had her debut Olympics at the age of 16 in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Though failing to medal at the Olympic games that year, Abel did achieve success together with partner Emilie Heymans on the Grand Prix circuit, winning several medals. Their work together would continue after that and Abel would gain from Heymans' experience which would build through to more Grand Prix medals through to 2010.
She became the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion in both the 1 m springboard and the 3 m synchro springboard with Émilie Heymans as well as holding a 2010 Commonwealth silver in the 3 m springboard. After her positive results she said that "This was my first Commonwealth Games and I didn't expect to win so many medals. It shows I'm on the right track for the Olympics." In 2011, Abel also has achieved a bronze medal and a silver medal from the world championships in the 3 m springboard and the 3 m synchro again with Heymans. She then went on to win a silver with Heymans at the 2011 Pan American Games in the 3 metre synchro event. For the year of 2011, Abel was named the Aquatic Federation of Canada's female athlete of the year.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won a bronze medal, with her partner Heymans, in the 3 m springboard synchronized diving event. On winning her first Olympic medal at the age of 20, Abel said “Since the beginning of the year we’ve been really nervous about that moment. I think it takes time to just calm down and just realize it.”
Abel competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she and partner Pamela Ware won the silver medal in 3 m synchro springboard. She next competed in the 1 m springboard where she won the gold medal. Abel finished with a silver medal in the 3 m single springboard event, completing a three medal games for her. At the 2016 Summer Olympics Abel finished a frustrating fourth in both the solo and synchro 3 m springboard events.
Following her disappointing results at the 2016 Olympics, Abel began competing with new partner Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu. At the 2017 World Aquatics Championships they partnered to a silver medal together in their first year in the women's 3 metre synchro springboard event. Abel also partnered with François Imbeau-Dulac in the mixed 3 metre synchro springboard where they won bronze. Individually, Abel also won a bronze medal at these Championships, diving to bronze medal in the 3 metre springboard. With these three medals Abel tied Alexandre Despatie for the most medals by a Canadian at the FINA World Championships.
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