It was a fantastic weekend for Jennifer Abel of Laval, Quebec.
The 20 year-old diver won a three metre World Cup diving competition in Rostock, Germany on Saturday by posting a score of 353.4 points and then repeated her success on Sunday in the women’s three metre World Cup synchronized diving competition with Emile Heymans of St-Lambert, Quebec.
Abel, who was profiled in the Words from the Next Level feature in Alberta’s Prospect Magazine last spring, will be a definite medal contender at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Over the last 25 years, Canada has had a rich history in women’s diving at the Olympic Games. At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Sylvie Bernier became the first French Canadian woman to win Olympic Gold when she won the 3m springboard. Bernier’s success was followed by Annie Pelletier of Montreal, who won an Olympic Bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta in the women’s three metre springboard and Anne Montminy of Montreal, Quebec in the women’s ten metre platform at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Heymans meanwhile will be looking for a medal at an unprecedented fourth consecutive Olympic Games this summer. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, she won a Silver medal in the ten metre synchronized platform with Montminy. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Heymans won a Bronze medal in the ten metre synchronized platform with Blythe Hartley of Edmonton. Finally, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Heymans won her first individual medal by winning a Silver medal in the Women’s 10m platform.