July 12th, 2024

Veteran Ellie Black leads Canadian gymnastics team into Paris Olympics

By The Canadian Press on June 28, 2024.

Ellie Black competes in the uneven bars in the Women's Artistic Gymnastics competition of the 2024 Canadian Gymnastics Championships, in Gatineau, Que., on Friday, June 7, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

TORONTO – Ellie Black is heading to a fourth Summer Games as part of Canada’s gymnastics team competing at the Paris Olympics.

The 28-year-old from Halifax, who becomes the first Canadian artistic gymnast to appear at four Games, headlines the roster announced Friday by Gymnastics Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Black placed fourth in the balance beam final at the Tokyo Games in 2021 for Canada’s best Olympic result in any women’s artistic gymnastics event.

She also placed fifth in the women’s all-around at the 2016 Rio Games and helped Canada to fifth in the team event at London 2012.

Vancouver’s Shallon Olsen, heading into her third Olympics, will join Black along with women’s artistic gymnasts Cassie Lee of Toronto, Ava Stewart of Bowmanville, Ont., and Aurélie Tran of Repentigny, Que.

Canada will also field a full men’s artistic gymnastics team for the first time since 2008. René Cournoyer of Repentigny, Zachary Clay of Chilliwack, B.C., Félix Dolci of Laval, Que., William Émard of Laval and Samuel Zakutney of Ottawa make up that team.

Sophiane Méthot of Varennes, Que., will represent Canada in trampoline.

The gymnasts qualified for Team Canada based on their performances at the 2024 Canadian Championships, held from June 6-9 in Gatineau, Que.

Artistic gymnastics will take place from July 27 to Aug. 5 and trampoline gymnastics will be held on Aug. 2.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 28, 2024.

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