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Quebec diver Jennifer Abel announces her retirement

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After winning a silver medal at the Olympic games in Tokyo, Quebec diver Jennifer Abel is back home. She says waiting an extra year for the games and having to perform without her loved ones around because of the pandemic, added to her stress in Tokyo. But as Phil Carpenter reports, wise words from her coach and an airport surprise have all helped. – Aug 5, 2021

Decorated Canadian diver Jennifer Abel has announced her retirement from the sport.

An Olympic silver and bronze medallist, the 30-year-old from Laval. Que., also won 10 world championship medals, the most by any Canadian diver.

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Abel and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu won synchronized springboard silver at the Tokyo Olympics in August.

Abel earned bronze in the same event at the 2012 Games in London with Emilie Heymans.

Abel placed fourth in both individual springboard and the synchro event in Rio in 2016.

She’s engaged to professional boxer David Lemieux.

“My life as an athlete has prepared me for my adult life and now, for my life as a mother-to-be,” Abel said Tuesday in a statement.

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“Today, I know how to forgive myself after failure, where to draw strength in the face of adversity, and the type of energy it takes to succeed.”

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Abel won six silver and four bronze world championship medals during her career.

She said in her statement “there weren’t many mixed-race girls in diving” when she got involved in the sport and that she was told “black girls are found in athletics or basketball, not in the pool.”

Canadian divers Jennifer Abel (left) and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu perform a dive on their way to winning the silver in the women’s three-metre synchronized springboard diving during the Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, July 25, 2020. Frank Gunn CP

But Abel’s dream was to dive.

“I experienced some amazing moments in my career,” she said. “It is time now to begin a new chapter.”

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