Jennifer Abel

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Jennifer Abel
Jennifer Abel 2010.jpg
Abel at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
Personal information
Born (1991-08-23) August 23, 1991 (age 26)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada[1]
Residence Laval, Quebec, Canada[2]
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)[3]
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Sport
Country  Canada
Sport Diving
Event(s) 3 metres & 3 metres synchro
Club Pointe-Claire Diving Club
Partner Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu
François Imbeau-Dulac
Former partner(s) Émilie Heymans
Pamela Ware
Coached by Arturo Miranda

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.

Career[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[5]

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."[6] 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.[5]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won a bronze medal, with her partner Heymans, in the 3 m springboard synchronized diving event.[7] 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.”[8]

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.[3][9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Abel is of Haitian descent.[12] She is in a relationship with David Lemieux, former IBF middleweight boxing champion.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jennifer Abel. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Jennifer Abel. nbcolympics.com
  3. ^ a b Jennifer Abel Archived 2016-10-21 at the Wayback Machine.. rio2016.com
  4. ^ "Dive Canada profile". Dive Canada. Archived from the original on October 1, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Jennifer Abel profile". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jesse Campigotto (October 13, 2012). "Canada's Abel adds 3rd diving medal". CBC Sports. Archived from the original on January 20, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ CTV, CTV 2012 London Summer Olympics, airdate: 29 July 2012, circa 10:45am EDT
  8. ^ "Heymans, Abel capture Canada's 1st medal at London Olympics". CBC Sports. July 29, 2012. Archived from the original on January 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ Doug Harrison (August 14, 2016). "Jennifer Abel misses Olympic diving podium in 3m springboard". CBC Sports. 
  10. ^ "Canada's Abel, Citrini-Beaulieu take world diving silver". CBC Sports. July 17, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Jennifer Abel ties Canadian diving record with mixed synchro bronze". CBC Sports. July 22, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Diver Jennifer Abel Wins Bronze for Canada". Defend Haiti. July 30, 2012. Archived from the original on January 20, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Jennifer Abel, La Carte Cachee de David Lemieux". TVA. May 3, 2017. 

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