August 23, 1991 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Residence||Laval, Quebec, Canada|
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb; 9.8 st)|
|Event(s)||3 metres & 3 metres synchro|
|Club||Pointe-Claire Diving Club|
|Former partner(s)||Émilie Heymans|
Jennifer Abel (born August 23, 1991) is a Canadian diver. She is currently partnered with Pamela Ware for synchronized diving. An Olympic bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, she was the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion in both the 1 m springboard and the 3 m synchro springboard with Émilie Heymans. She is the 2015 Pan Am Games gold medalist in 3m springboard.
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 women's 3m 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.”
She is ethnically of Haitian descent.
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