Ellie Black

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ellie Black
Full nameElsabeth Black
Nickname(s)Ellie
Country represented Canada
Born (1995-09-08) September 8, 1995 (age 23)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
HometownHalifax
Height5 ft 1 in (155 cm)
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior international elite
Years on national team2011-present
ClubHalifax Alta Gymnastics
Head coach(es)Keiji Yamanaka, David Kikuchi
Music"Pirates" by Amber Music
World ranking2 (2014–2015)

Elsabeth Black (born 8 September 1995) is a Canadian artistic gymnast. She is a two-time Olympian, having represented her country at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.[1][2] She is the 2017 World all-around silver medalist, making her the first Canadian gymnast to win a world all-around medal. Black is also the 2018 Commonwealth and 2015 Pan American all-around champion and a five-time Canadian national all-around champion (2013-2015, 2017-2018).[3] At the 2016 Olympic Games, Black finished 5th in the individual all-around.

In 2018 she was named one of the greatest 15 athletes in Nova Scotian history.[4] In October, 2018, the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, Arthur LeBlanc, announced that Black would be awarded the Order of Nova Scotia at a ceremony to be held on November 6, for her contribution as an ambassador for both gymnastics and the province stating "Ellie is an outstanding role model for her peers and young gymnasts, demonstrating a great work ethic and a graciousness in both victory and loss. Ms Black takes time with her young fans, acknowledging their support and sharing her experiences". Black is only the second person under 25 to receive the Order of Nova Scotia, the first being hockey star Sidney Crosby.[5]

Junior career[edit]

2009[edit]

In December, Black competed at Elite Canada in Oakville, Ontario. She placed tenth in the all around competition with a score of 49.35[6] and third on vault with a score of 12.925.[7]

2010[edit]

In May, Black competed at the Canadian Championships in Kamloops, Canada. She placed 14th in the all around final with a score of 50.300.[8] In event finals, she placed third on vault scoring 13.950 and first on balance beam scoring 14.500.[9]

In December, Black competed at Elite Canada in Gatineau, Canada. She placed fourteenth in the all around with a score of 48.950,[10] second on vault with a score of 13.600, fourth on balance beam with a score of 12.950, and eighth on floor with a score of 12.450.[11]

Senior career[edit]

2012[edit]

In February, Black competed at Elite Canada in Mississauga, Canada. She placed ninth in the all around with a score of 52.350.[12] In event finals, Black placed first on vault scoring 14.750, third on balance beam scoring 13.550, and seventh on floor scoring 12.600.[13]

In April, Black participated in the 2nd Artistic Gymnastics Meeting in San Bernardo, Brazil with gymnasts from Brazil, Canada, and South Korea. She won both the vault and balance beam finals with scores of 13.988 and 14.600.[14]

Later in April, Black competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Osijek, Croatia. She won gold in the vault and floor finals scoring 14.575 and 13.725 respectively.[15]

In May, Black competed at the Canadian Championships in Regina, Canada. She placed third all around in qualifications[16] but dropped to seventh in the all around final with a score of 53.600.[17] In event finals, Black placed first on vault scoring 14.475, seventh on balance beam scoring 12.800, and third on floor scoring 13.950.[18] Before the competition she told International Gymnast Magazine, "I think I have a lot to offer the Canadian team, especially on vault, which has always been my strongest event. I have also worked to increase my difficulty and execution on beam and floor. My plan is to continue all the aspects of my training that have brought me success this far. The positive results from recent competitions are a strong motivator to keep working hard and improve further. I also intend to use what I have learned at the international meets that I've attended to help me. Hopefully this will prepare me to have a strong performance at Nationals, which is an important competition for the team selection."[19]

At the end of June, Black was one of the twelve gymnasts chosen to compete at the Final Olympic Selection meet in Gatineau, Canada.[20] On the first day of competition she placed sixth in the all around with a score of 52.050.[21] Based on her performances here and at the Canadian Championships she was selected to the five member Olympic team.[22]

2012 London Olympics[edit]

In July, Black competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. She helped the Canadian team qualify to the team finals[23] and individually she qualified to the vault final with a score of 14.366.[24] After qualifications, Black said, "It was a fantastic experience and I had so much fun."[25] She later added, "This is my life's dream. Everybody here supports you and you support them, we all have each other's back. We had a couple mistakes but most of the competition was great."[26] In the team final, she contributed scores of 15.233 on vault, 14.266 on balance beam, and 14.208 on floor toward the Canadian team's fifth-place finish.[27] In the vault final, Black injured her left ankle on her first vault and was unable to complete her second vault meaning that she placed eighth with a score of 0.000.[28] Her coach, David Kikuchi, "She's disappointed that she wasn't able to do better. But what I'll tell her, and what she'll realize in the upcoming hours and days and weeks and months is: This Olympics was so amazing for her and our team."[29]

After the Olympics, Black stated that she will continue competing. She said, "I am very motivated to continue and build on the path I started in 2012. My first priority is to recover from injuries. This will be the focus for the next three months or so. My goal is to develop my gymnastics to the full potential, and hopefully to make more contributions on behalf of Nova Scotia and Canada."[30]

2013[edit]

At the 2013 Summer Universiade, Black finished fourth in the all-around with a score of 55.000.[31] In the event finals she finished fourth on vault, third on beam, and tied for second on floor.[32]

At the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Black finished thirteenth in all-around and eighth on floor exercise.[33][34]

2014[edit]

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Black finished fourth with her team, and fourth in the all-around.[35] In the event finals, Black won a gold on beam, silver on vault, bronze on floor, and she finished fourth on bars.[36]

Also in 2014, she competed at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China. Her team placed 12th in qualifications, failing to qualify to the team final. Individually, Black qualified to the Balance Beam and all around finals. In the all around she placed 9th, the highest ever placement in a World or Olympic all-around final by a Canadian, besting compatriot Victoria Moors' 10th-place finish from the year before; Black nearly placed in the top 8, finishing only 0.001 points behind 8th-place finisher Jessica López of Venezuela.[37] In the balance beam final, Black placed seventh after a fall while Simone Biles of the United States went on to take the gold medal ahead of Bai Yawen of China and Aliya Mustafina of Russia.

In November 2014, Black traveled to Notts Gymnastics Academy to train with Becky Downie and the rest of their elite program.[38]

2015[edit]

In January 2015, Black competed at the Elite Canada competition, winning the beam title, which was her only event. Black competed at the 2015 AT&T American Cup in Arlington, TX on March 7, 2015 and placed 5th with an all-around score of 56.132.[39] In May, 2015, Black won her third consecutive National All Around title with a score of 57.950.

In September 2015, Gymnastics Canada named Black to their World Championships team. She and 6 of her teammates will represent Canada at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships from October 23 to November 1.

2015 Pan Am Games[edit]

In July, Black competed at the 2015 Pan American Games which were hosted in Toronto, Canada. The Canadian team won a silver medal, and Black qualified 5th to the All Around final as well as qualifying to the vault, beam and floor finals. In the All Around Final, Black won the gold medal with a score of 58.150, becoming the first non-American woman to do so since 1983.[40] Black won the bronze medal in the vault final with an average score of 14.087. On July 15, she won two more gold medals at event finals. the first gold of the day was in beam with a score of 15.050, one point ahead of the silver medalist, Megan Skaggs. Teammate Victoria Woo won the bronze medal with a score of 13.650. Black's second gold was on floor, where she scored 14.4.

2016[edit]

Black was chosen to represent Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The team failed to qualify for the final; however, Black qualified for the individual all-around where she finished in 5th place with a score of 58.298.[41] This was a historical result as the highest place finish for a Canadian gymnast in the women's All-Around at the Olympic Games.

2017[edit]

Black suffered an injury in early 2017, causing her to not compete at the annual Elite Canada competition in February. Her first competition back was the at the Koper Slovenia World Cup, where she placed fourth on vault, second on uneven bars, second on balance beam, and second on floor.

In May Black won her fourth national all around title at the Canadian National Gymnastics Championships. She was later named to the World Championships team.

At the World Championships she qualified to the all around final in 3rd, the vault final in 7th, and the beam final in 4th. She was originally a reserve for the floor Final, but was put in as a replacement for the injured American Ragan Smith. Black made history in the all around final by becoming the first Canadian to ever win an all-around medal at a World Championship, taking the silver medal behind American Morgan Hurd. She was the first Canadian in 11 years and only the second Canadian ever to win a medal in any event at the World Championships.

Competitive history[edit]

Junior[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2008 Elite Canada 16 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
2009 Elite Canada 10 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
2010 National Championships 14 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Elite Canada 14 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 8

Senior[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2012 Elite Canada 9 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7
2nd Artistic Gymnastics Meeting 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Osijek World Cup 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
International Gymnix 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4
National Championships 7 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Final Olympic Selection 6
Olympic Games 5 8
2013 Elite Canada 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Tokyo World Cup 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Ljubljana World Cup 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
National Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Universiade 4 4 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
World Championships 13 8
2014 Elite Canada 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
International Gymnix 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Pacific Rim Championships 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 6 4
National Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Commonwealth Games 4 4 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
World Championships 9 7
Stuttgart World Cup 7
Glasgow World Cup 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2015 Elite Canada 1st, gold medalist(s)
AT&T American Cup 5
City of Jesolo Trophy 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 12 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 4
National Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Pan American Games 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Championships 6 7 7
2016 Elite Canada 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
AT&T American Cup 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
National Championships 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 11 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Olympic Trials (Day 1) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Olympic Games 9 5
2017 Koper Challenge Cup 4 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
National Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Summer Universiade 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Championships 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 8 7
Toyota International 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5
2018 Elite Canada 7
Commonwealth Games 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 4
National Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Paris Challenge Cup 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
World Championships 4 12 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique : Gymnast Profiles". Fig-gymnastics.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  2. ^ "Gymcan-Profiles". Gymcan.org. Archived from the original on 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  3. ^ http://results.toronto2015.org/IRS/en/gymnastics-artistic/event-overview-women-s-all-around.htm. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Tattrie, Jon (30 April 2018). "Sidney Crosby to headline 'greatest sports dinner' in Nova Scotia". CBC Sports. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/olympics/article-olympic-gymnast-ellie-black-named-to-order-of-nova-scotia/ The Globe and Mail. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  6. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20091229111320/http://www.gymcan.org/site/files/events/junior_aa(1).pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 29, 2009. Retrieved May 21, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20091229001918/http://www.gymcan.org/site/files/events/event_finals(1).pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 29, 2009. Retrieved May 21, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ http://gym-score-depot.ca/Natls_2010/CC10-GSL-Results/wag-jr-d2-aa.pdf
  9. ^ http://gym-score-depot.ca/Natls_2010/CC10-GSL-Results/wag-jr-d3-ef.pdf
  10. ^ http://gym-score-depot.ca/elite_canada_2010_wag/EC10-WAG-Senior-Day1.pdf
  11. ^ http://gym-score-depot.ca/elite_canada_2010_wag/EC10-WAG-Senior-Day2.pdf
  12. ^ http://gym-score-depot.ca/elite_canada_2012/EC12-WAG-Senior-Day1.pdf
  13. ^ http://gym-score-depot.ca/elite_canada_2012/EC12-WAG-Senior-Day2-EF.pdf
  14. ^ "International Gymnast Magazine Online". Intlgymnast.com. 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  15. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  16. ^ (PDF) http://gymnastics2012.ca/images/stories/WAG-Sr-Day1-Qual.pdf. Retrieved May 25, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  17. ^ (PDF) http://www.gymnastics2012.ca/images/stories/WAG-SR-Results.pdf. Retrieved May 25, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  18. ^ http://gym-score-depot.ca/Natls_2012/WAG-Senior-Evt-Finals.pdf
  19. ^ "International Gymnast Magazine Online". Intlgymnast.com. 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  20. ^ "GYMCAN". GYMCAN. Archived from the original on 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  21. ^ (PDF) https://www.webcitation.org/69Ywlhi2o?url=http://www.gymcan.org/userfiles/SeniorHPJour1.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 31, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ "GYMCAN". GYMCAN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  23. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  24. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
  25. ^ "GYMCAN". GYMCAN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  26. ^ Johnson, George (2012-07-28). "Olympics: Canadian gymnasts qualify for team final, make history". Vancouversun.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  27. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  28. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
  29. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  30. ^ Crumlish, John (21 September 2012). "Black Rebuilding After Olympic Mishap". International Gymnast Magazine Online. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  31. ^ "27th Summer Universiade All-around final Women". Gymnastics Results. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  32. ^ "27th Summer Universiade Event Finals Women". Gymnastics Results. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  33. ^ "All-Around Results" Archived October 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.. fedintgym.com. October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  34. ^ "Floor Exercise Results" Archived 2013-10-29 at the Wayback Machine.. fedintgym.com. October 6, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  35. ^ "20th Commonwealth Games 2014". Gymnastics Results. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  36. ^ "20th Commonwealth Games Event Finals Women". Gymnastics Results. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  37. ^ http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/1242913-halifax-s-ellie-black-places-9th-in-all-around-at-gymnastics-world-championships
  38. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-16. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  39. ^ http://www.attamericancup.com/athletes/
  40. ^ https://illusionturns.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/toronto-2015-aa-finals-recap/
  41. ^ http://www.fig-gymnastics.com/publicdir/live_results/6405/ART/fin/fin_wag_aa.php

External links[edit]