Olympic Spotlight: Emilie Heymans

Divers are fascinating athletes. In order to succeed, they need strenght and precision, grace and power – qualities that Beijing silver medalist Emilie Heymans definitely has.

Émilie-Joane Heymans is a Canadian diver. Born in Brussels, Belgium but raised in Montreal, she always knew she was destined to be a successful athlete. She tried her luck in gymnastics before realizing that diving was her true calling. She knew she had made the right choice after winning her first gold medal at the Pan Am Games in 1999.

Since then, her career has been a dream, especially in 2003 when she won the World Championship in Barcelona and three gold medals at the Pan Am Games. The 27 year old was then named athlete of the year at the Diving Canada Awards, the Montreal Awards and the Sport Quebec Awards. Emilie Heymans also has a passion for fashion, an interest she will most likely be able to explore now that she has a silver Olympic medal under her belt. One thing is for sure, Emilie is the living proof that when you put your mind to something, you can do it!

By Natalia Cheikh

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