Jennifer Abel (Scott Grant)
Team Canada is on the medal board at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Today, Emilie Heymans of Montreal and Jennifer Abel of Laval, Quebec (previously featured in Prospect Magazine) won Bronze in women’s 3m synchronized springboard diving.
Heymans also goes is in the record books.
In finishing third, Heymans becomes the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal at four straight Olympic Games and the first diver to win an Olympic medal at four straight Olympic Games.
Heymans, who throughout her career has been a 10m platform specialist, won her first Olympic medal of her career in the springboard. It was also the very first time a Canadian team won a medal in synchronized springboard diving.
Heymans previously won a Silver medal in the women’s 10m platform with Anne Montminy of Montreal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, a Bronze medal with Blythe Hartley of Edmonton at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and a Silver medal in the women’s 10m platform at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
China won Gold and the United States won Silver. The Canadian team struggled with their second and fifth dives, but had flawless first, third and fourth dives. Their fourth dive, a reverse 2.5 somersault, moved them from fourth to third, past the Italians.
This was Canada’s first medal at the Olympic Games. It took Canada eight days to medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.