Olympian / Gymnastics
Ellie Black produced a breakthrough performance for Canadian artistic gymnastics at Rio 2016, placing fifth in the women’s individual all-around for the country’s best ever Olympic result in the event. At the 2017 World Championships she finished 2nd AA, first Canadian gymnast to win a medal at a World Championships in the all around competition. Ellie qualified to three event finals ( balance beam, floor exercise and the vault ). Black previously enjoyed 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. 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.