Team Canada: Your Guide for Who to Watch For

By Serena Tarneja and Devina Puri Alexandre Despatie (diving) Born: Montreal, Quebec Age: 27             Despatie is Canada’s 2012 Olympic flag bearer as well as Canada’s only Olympic diving medallist. He already has two silver medals under his belt and London will be his fourth Olympic appearance. An interesting fact about Despatie is that he is an active spokesman for Ronald McDonald’s house of charities.  

Jennifer Abel (diving)

Born: Montreal, Quebec

Age: 21

            At the age of 16, Abel became one of the youngest divers in Canadian history to secure a spot on the Olympic team for the Beijing 2008 games. Although she is young, she is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion in both the 1m springboard and the 3m synchro springboard. A fun fact about Jennifer is that she considers diving legend, Greg Louganis, as her idol.     Emilie Heymans  (diving) Born: Brussels, Belgium Age: 31           Heymans has already participated in three Olympic games and her achievements include two silver medals and one bronze medal. She hopes to be the first female diver ever to win medals in four consecutive Olympic games, making her the first Canadian summer athlete to achieve this feat. Something people may not know about her is that she was a gymnast before she became a diver.      

Adam van Koeverden (kayak/canoe)

Born: Toronto, Ontario

Age: 30

            This is Adam's third Olympic appearance and has already achieved gold, silver, and bronze standing. His impressive resume includes flag bearer for the 2008 Olympic games as well as becoming Canada’s top athlete in 2004. In honor of his athletic success, a street was named after him located in Oakville, Ontario.   Zach Bell (cycling track) Born: Whitehorse, Yukon Age: 30             In the Beijing 2008 Olympic games, he became the second Yukon born athlete to represent Canada. His numerous accomplishments include first place in the 2008 Pan American Championships and third place in the 2007 National Championships. Bell wasn’t always a cycling protégé, he actually began his athletic career as a wrestler.

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