Ellie Black made a historic breakthrough with her ninth place finish in the women’s individual all-around at the 2014 FIG World Championships, posting Canada’s best-ever result in the event. At those worlds she also qualified for the beam final, making it the third straight major global event 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.


Family: Parents Thomas and Katharine Black… Older sister Karen… Younger brother William… Getting into the Sport: Started competitive gymnastics at age 9… Outside Interests: On hiatus from her kinesiology studies at Dalhousie University to focus on Toronto 2015 and Rio 2016… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: Dream big, don’t let anyone else set your limits…