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Jennifer
Abel
CanadaCanada, CAN
Female
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
23 August 1991
Height
160 cm
Weight
59 kg
Residence
Laval, QC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Humanities - Universite du Quebec a Montreal [UQAM]: Canada

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up diving at age four.
Why this sport?
"My brother used to dive and I wanted to be like him."
Name of coach
Arturo Miranda [personal], CUB

International Debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Spain

General Interest

Nicknames
Jenn (Twitter profile, 22 Jul 2017)
Hobbies
Shopping, cooking, watching movies. (olympic.ca, 14 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (olympic.ca, 14 Aug 2016))
Injuries
She suffered a muscle tear on her calf three months before the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She also suffered from back pain in the seven days leading up to the Games where she was unable to dive. She went on to finish in fourth place in both the 3m synchro and 3m individual in Rio. "It was difficult to come back competing after Rio, especially from a mentality point of view." (lapresse.ca, 13 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be happy, and the rest will follow." (olympic.ca, 14 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2011 Female Athlete of the Year by the Aquatic Federation of Canada. (cbc.ca, 03 Nov 2011)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (journaldemontreal.com, 23 Aug 2016)
Other information
HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT
At the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, she became the first female Canadian diver to win eight career medals at the world championships, after adding a silver and two bronze to her collection in Budapest. Her total of eight also equalled the record for a male Canadian diver [Alexandre Despatie] at the world championships. (cbc.ca, 21 Jul 2017; thestar.com, 22 Jul 2017)