Biography:

Ellie Black had a historic performance at the 2015 FIG World Championships, finishing seventh in the women’s individual all-around  for Canada’s best-ever result in the event. She had qualified for the final with the fourth-highest score. It bettered her previous record ninth place finish from 2014. At both of those worlds she also qualified for the beam final, making it four straight major global events in which she had been in the top-eight on an individual apparatus. She had reached the floor exercise final at the 2013 Worlds and the vault final at the 2012 Olympic Games. Black made her Olympic debut in London just months after she had been a longshot just to make the Olympic team, but ended up as one of the squad’s top performers (their leading scorer on vault and beam) en route to Canada’s best-ever fifth place finish in the team event. Black ended a lengthy drought at the 2013 Universiade where she became the first Canadian female artistic gymnast to win a medal at the world student games since 1983. She was one of five athletes to win five medals at Toronto 2015, making her Canada’s decorated athlete of those Pan Am Games. Her gold medal in the individual all-around was the first by a Canadian in the event since San Juan 1979 and the first by a non-American since Caracas 1983. In 2016 she finished third in the all-around at the American Cup.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Thomas and Katharine Black… Older sister Karen… Younger brother William is also a gymnast… Getting into the Sport: Started competitive gymnastics at age 9… Had her Olympic dream sparked while watching the Beijing 2008 artistic gymnastics competition on TV… Outside Interests: On hiatus from her kinesiology studies at Dalhousie University to focus on Rio 2016… Enjoys watching movies and listening to music… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: Dream big, don’t let anyone else set your limits… Inspired by training mate Hugh Smith to keep pushing for her dreams… Collects keychains and Starbucks mugs from her travels…