Cheer on team
Canada

JenniferAbel

Diving

Jennifer Abel, diver in the 2021 Olympics
Birthdate: August 23, 1991
Birthplace: Montréal, QC
Hometown: LAVAL, QC
Gold Medals
Silver Medals
Bronze Medals 1
Olympic Games

London 2012 Olympic Games

How did it feel to learn the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were postponed? What have you done to prepare for 2021?

I was obviously disappointed because we train for events and this is the biggest stage for our sport. Like many people, I had to deal with the unknown, but instead of focusing on everything I was missing out on, I decided to focus on the things I could control. This allowed me to see what positives I had to gain. I took time to rest my body and my mind and found different ways to stay fit. It’s been a challenge of course’ but challenges offer us opportunities, and being able to see things in that light has really helped me prepare for the games this year.

What advice would you give an aspiring athlete?

Definitely to make sure they are having fun practicing their sport. Doing what you love should not be a chore. If you wake up every day smiling and being happy for what’s ahead, then you know you have found your passion.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?

Definitely my mother. She was the first to tell all of her friends that I would go to the Olympics one day! Even when I wasn’t even thinking about the Games.

How do moments of “Cheer” make your day better?

It is wonderful to receive encouragement for what we do. I always appreciate when someone takes the time to tell me how I have positively influenced their lives or their aspirations in the sport of diving. It is especially great to receive cheer when we are on the biggest stage in the world.