Canada Dives

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CANADIAN WOMEN

 

Emilie Heymans and Marie-Eve Marleau

Emilie Heymans and Marie-Eve Marleau

There are few sports that show off the human body as well as diving. Requiring strength, grace, precision and a certain fearlessness to preform twists, flips and rolls from a frightening height. I know that I will never have the body of a diver, however, I love to look at these women. I would love to see more of these women as models. They have fit fantastic bodies that have shape and form to them and are completely inspiring, much more inspiring than many fashion models who look like they may pass out at any moment. There are really no more beautiful bodies than olympic bodies.

Emilie Heymans and Blythe Hartley are Canada’s hopes for Gold in Women’s Diving. Blythe Hartley on the 3m springboard and Emilie Heymans on the 10m platform.

Hartley and Heymans

Hartley and Heymans

26, North Vancouver - 3m Springbaord, Gold Medal Contender

Blythe Hartley: 26, North Vancouver - 3m Springbaord, Gold Medal Contender

Blythe Hartley

Blythe Hartley

27, St-Lambert Quebec - 10m Platform, Gold Medal Contender

Emilie Heymans: 27, St-Lambert Quebec - 10m Platform, Gold Medal Contender

Heymans and Marleau

Heymans and Marleau

Two other medal hopefuls show me that combined with the large number of rowers and kayakers from Quebec that my love for water sports (get your mind out of the gutter) is definitely from my French mother. Meghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion are both expected to contend for medals in the 10m synchronized.

19, Montreal Quebec - 10m Synchronized, Medal Contender

Meaghan Benfeito: 19, Montreal Quebec - 10m Synchronized, Medal Contender

Meaghan Benfeito

Meaghan Benfeito

21, Laval Quebec - 10m Synchronized, Medal Contender

Roseline Filion: 21, Laval Quebec - 10m Synchronized, Medal Contender

Roseline Filion

Roseline Filion

10m Synchronized, Benfeito and Filion

10m Synchronized, Benfeito and Filion

Rounding out the Canadian team are Marie-Eve Marleau who is expected to be a finalist in the 10m platform, and Jennifer Abel the youngest member of the team at 17 years old who is hoping to advance to the finals in the 3m springboard.

26, Laval Quebec - 10m Platform, Potential Finalist

Marie-Eve Marleau: 26, Laval Quebec - 10m Platform, Potential Finalist

Marie-Eve Marleau

Marie-Eve Marleau

17, Laval Quebec - 3m Springboard, Potential Finalist

Jennifer Abel: 17, Laval Quebec - 3m Springboard, Potential Finalist

Jennifer Abel

Jennifer Abel

CANADIAN MEN

Alexandre Despatie

Alexandre Despatie - Gold Medal Contender

Not to be outdone are the Canadian Men. As a woman I’m always a bit disappointed at the fact that the men do seem to get much more media attention than the women. We do get female profile, especially when there are no likely male medals for the taking. Diving is a good example of where the women are being overlooked. Alexandre Despatie is getting huge profile, touted as Canada’s hope for gold in diving, despite having broken his foot in April. I have no doubt that Despatie deserves the attention and the praise, however we do also have 2 women (Blythe Hartley and Emilie Heymans) who are expected to place Gold and 2 more women (Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion) who are medal hopefuls. Aside from Alexandre, there is only one other male diver that has a contention chance, and the other two men on the Canadian team are not expected to make it through to the final.

Alexandre, has also captured the teenage hearts of the nation if youtube tributes are any measure to go by.

23, Laval Quebec - 3m Springboard and 3m Synchronized, Gold Medal Contender

Alexandre Despatie: 23, Laval Quebec - 3m Springboard and 3m Synchronized, Gold Medal Contender

Unfortunately Despatie also peddles McDonalds, with the number of teenage fans he has it’s not surprising when we use sports stars to say McDonalds is good that kids are confused about what to put into their bodies. 

Alexandre’s partner in the 3m synchronized is Arturo Miranda. Miranda is also the oldest member of the team, but you would hardly know it to look at him. Originally from Cuba, Miranda now resides in Montreal.

37, Montreal Quebec - 3m Syncronized, Medal Contender

Arturo Miranda: 37, Montreal Quebec - 3m Syncronized, Medal Contender

Despatie and Miranda, 3m Synchronized Medal Contenders

Despatie and Miranda, 3m Synchronized Medal Contenders

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