Diving is always a sport where Canada is a favourite to win multiple medals. London is no different for Canada’s elite divers. Alexandre Despatie is the two-time reigning Olympic silver medallist in the men’s 3m springboard. Despite a head injury earlier this summer, he is looking to improve to gold. Despatie and partner Reuben Ross are also contenders in the men’s 3m synchronized event.
On the women’s side Emilie Heymans is back for another Olympics. She won silver on the 10m platform in Beijing; however, she has shifted her focus to the springboard since then. She won a silver medal in springboard at the 2009 Worlds. Canada has another medal contender in the 3m springboard in 2011 World bronze medallist Jennifer Abel. Heymans and Abel will also compete together in the 3m synchronized, an event they won a silver medal in at the 2011 Worlds.
Canada also has an outside chance at a medal in the women’s 10m synchronized. Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion were thought of as the next Canadian diving superstars after they combined for a World bronze medal in Montreal 2005 at ages 16 and 18 respectively. In the years since they haven’t won much, but they are paired together again in London.
I have highlighted these events in red in the broadcast schedule.
Rod Smith will call Olympic diving on CTV alongside 2004 Olympic bronze medallist Blythe Hartley. This is Hartley’s first appearance as a TV analyst since retiring after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Diving will take place throughout much of the 16 days of competition. The Canadian Broadcast Consortium will air live coverage of all the finals, as well as the preliminary and semifinal rounds. Remember that this schedule is highly subject to change. Check back daily during The Games for an up-to-date broadcast schedule. All times are Atlantic Daylight Time, which is BST-4 and EDT+1.
Sunday 7/29, 11:00am-1:30pm – Women’s 3m Synchronized Final – CTV
Monday 7/30, 11:00am-12:30pm – Men’s 10m Synchronized Final – CTV
Tuesday 7/31, 11:00am-12:30pm – Women’s 10m Synchronized Final – CTV
Wednesday 8/1, 11:00am-12:30pm – Men’s 3m Synchronized Final – CTV
Friday 8/3, 10:30am-1:30pm – Women’s 3m Springboard Preliminaries – OLN
Saturday 8/4, 10:30am-12:30pm – Women’s 3m Springboard Semifinal – TSN
Sunday 8/5, 3:05-4:50pm – Women’s 3m Springboard Final – TSN
Monday 8/6, 3:00-6:30pm – Men’s 3m Springboard Preliminaries – SN
Tuesday 8/7, 5:00-8:45am – Men’s 3m Springboard Semifinal – CTV
Tuesday 8/7, 3:00-5:00pm – Men’s 3m Springboard Final – TSN
Wednesday 8/8, 3:00-6:00pm – Women’s 10m Platform Preliminaries – OLN
Thursday 8/9, 6:00-8:00am – Women’s 10m Platform Semifinal – CTV
Thursday 8/9, 3:00-4:30pm – Women’s 10m Platform Final – SN
Friday 8/10, 5:45-6:45pm – Men’s 10m Platform Preliminaries – SN
Saturday 8/11, 6:00-8:00am – Men’s 10m Platform Semifinal – TSN
Saturday 8/11, 4:30-6:15pm – Men’s 10m Platform Final – TSN