BLACK Elsabeth
Canada
CAN
Title
Ms
Lastname
BLACK
Firstname
Elsabeth
Gender
female
Country
Canada
Place of birth
Halifax, NS
Year of birth
1995 (28 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
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Occupation
Athlete
Education
Human Movement Studies - Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, CAN
Spoken languages
English
Club
Halifax Alta Gymnastics Club [Canada]
Coach
David Kikuchi [club, national], CAN
Sporting relatives
Her older sister Karen has competed in figure skating at an elite level. Her younger brother William has competed in artistic gymnastics and was the Canadian national vault champion in 2016. (signalhfx.ca, 07 Feb 2017; gymns.ca, 08 Jun 2016; support4sport.ca, 20 Nov 2015; gymcan.org, 25 Oct 2015)
International senior debut
2010 for Canada (gymcan.org, 13 Jul 2015)
Injuries
She withdrew from the all-around final at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after spraining her left ankle during her warm-up. She originally sustained the injury in June 2021 before aggravating it in Tokyo, but was able to place fourth on balance beam at the Games. After spending much of 2022 recovering, in February 2023 she underwent surgery on the problem. (saltwire.com, 23 Jun 2023; theglobeandmail.com, 03 Aug 2021)

She tore ligaments in her right ankle at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, and required surgery. (theglobeandmail.com, 03 Aug 2021; gymnastics.sport, 09 Mar 2020)

In January 2017 she sprained her ankle in training. She returned to competition at the World Challenge Cup in Koper, Slovenia, in May 2017, which was her first competition since the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (localxpress.ca, 25 Jan 2017; flogymnastics.com, 15 May 2017; cbc.ca, 14 May 2017)

She suffered ankle and wrist problems in 2016 but was still able to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (localxpress.ca, 25 Jan 2017)

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she injured her left ankle during the individual vault event and was unable to compete for the rest of the Games. (thechronicleherald.ca, 18 Jun 2014)

In 2011 she needed surgery for a dislocated and broken toe, which meant she missed the first half of the year. Soon after returning to action, she dislocated her elbow and fractured her thumb at a competition in France. (thechronicleherald.ca, 03 Jun 2012)
Start sporting career
She first tried gymnastics at age six. "Someone suggested [gymnastics] to my dad because I was a very strong child, very energetic, jumping all over the place. So it just kind of seemed like a sport that would really fit me and ever since I got into the gym I just absolutely loved it." (MuscleTech Podcast, 28 Sep 2021; support4sport.ca, 20 Nov 2015)
Reason for taking up the sport
She did gymnastics and figure skating until she was forced to make a choice between them at age eight. "I couldn't do both sports if I wanted to reach a competitive level and I was excelling in gymnastics." (support4sport.ca, 20 Nov 2015)
Milestones
She was part of the group that won Canada's first artistic gymnastics team medal at the world championships, claiming bronze in the women's team event in 2022 in Liverpool, England. (2022worldgymnastics.com, 01 Nov 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 17 Nov 2022)

She became the first Canadian to win an all-around world championship medal when she won silver at the 2017 edition in Montreal, QC, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Aug 2019; gymnastics.sport, 12 Aug 2019)

In 2019 she became the most decorated Canadian artistic gymnast at the Pan American Games. She won five medals at the 2019 Games in Lima, Peru, to take her total medal haul at the Pan American Games to 10. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Aug 2019; gymnastics.sport, 12 Aug 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (olympic.ca, 12 May 2023)
Trainings
She includes meditation, yoga and ballet in her training regime. (Instagram profile, 13 Nov 2021)
Hero / Idol
Canadian artistic gymnast Peng-Peng Lee. (fulltwist.net, 09 Apr 2014)
Most influential person in career
Coaches David Kikuchi and Keiji Yamanaka. (MuscleTech Podcast, 28 Sep 2021)
Philosophy / Motto
"Dream big, don't let anyone else set your limits." (gymcan.org, 25 Oct 2015)
Awards
She was named Senior Female Athlete of the Year at the 2023 Support4Sport Awards in Nova Scotia, Canada. (Instagram profile, 29 May 2023; Support4Sport Facebook page, 28 May 2023)

In 2018 she was named to the Order of Nova Scotia in Canada. (660citynews.com, 05 Oct 2018)

In 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018 she was named women's artistic gymnastics Senior Athlete of the Year by Gymnastics Canada. In 2017 she shared the award with Brooklyn Moors. (sirc.ca, 04 Feb 2019; intlgymnast.com, 05 Feb 2018; cscatlantic.ca, 08 Feb 2017; thechronicleherald.ca, 18 Jun 2014)

She was named Female Individual Athlete of the Year at the 2016 Ricoh Awards, which recognise achievements and contributions to sport in Nova Scotia, Canada. (sportnovascotia.ca, 29 May 2016)
Additional information
General
NOT GOING ANYWHERE
Speaking in 2022, she said she has no imminent plans to retire. She believes that the increasing number of older gymnasts is a positive. "I try and think about what's for dinner tonight, and then what's for breakfast tomorrow morning. I like to take it day-by-day. I always say this, but it's what I live by: I love gymnastics, and I will do it for as long as I possibly can if I'm still enjoying it and my body can handle it. I always say age is just a number. I joke that I'm old, but really there are so many athletes who are sticking around at this age. I think it's awesome. I think we're developing and growing, and I think that's a great thing for the sport." (gymnastics.sport, 28 Oct 2022; olympicchannel.com, 30 Jul 2019)

NAMED ELEMENT
In 2022 'The Black' was added to the Code of Points for the uneven bars by the International Gymnastics Federation [FIG]. The element, first performed by her at the 2022 World Challenge Cup event in Paris, France, involves a clear hip circle on high bar with counter pike over high bar with half turn [180 degrees] to hang in mixed L-grip and has a 'G' value. (gymnastics.sport, 30 Dec 2022; Team Canada Facebook page, 28 Sep 2022; Instagram profile, 26 Sep 2022)

Last update : 2023-09-05

Olympic Games

2021 - Games of the XXXII Olympiad TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
24
Score Qualif.
53.699 
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
14.416
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
54
Score Qualif.
12.800
Balance Beam
Rank Final
4
Score Final
13.866
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
14.100
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
63
Score Qualif.
12.266
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
160.964

2016 - Games of the XXXI Olympiad RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
5
Score Final
58.298 
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
56.965 
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
14.499
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
31
Score Qualif.
14.500
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
44
Score Qualif.
13.566
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
14.133
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
171.761

2012 - Games of the XXX Olympiad LONDON (GBR)

Vault
Rank Final
8
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
14.366
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
26
Score Qualif.
13.966
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
14.233
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
170.804
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
167.696
World Championships

2023 - 52nd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ANTWERP (BEL)

All-Around
Rank Final
16
Score Final
51.966 
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
55.065 
Vault
Rank Final
5
Score Final
13.933
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
13.766
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
8
Score Final
13.800
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
14.133
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
13.566
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
13.400
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
157.229

2022 - 51st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships LIVERPOOL (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
5
Score Final
54.732 
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
54.131 
Vault
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.116
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
13.749
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
20
Score Qualif.
13.933
Balance Beam
Rank Final
2
Score Final
13.566
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
13.266
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
20
Score Qualif.
13.266
Team
Rank Final
3
Score Final
160.563
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
159.661

2019 - 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

All-Around
Rank Final
4
Score Final
56.232 
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
55.199 
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
14.250
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
14.266
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
13.533
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
21
Score Qualif.
13.200
Team
Rank Final
7
Score Final
160.563
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
162.922

2018 - 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships DOHA (QAT)

All-Around
Rank Final
12
Score Final
54.133 
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
54.999 
Vault
Rank Final
7
Score Final
14.116
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
14.124
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
14.000
Balance Beam
Rank Final
5
Score Final
13.033
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
13.733
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
13.233
Team
Rank Final
4
Score Final
161.644
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
163.897

2017 - 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships MONTREAL (CAN)

All-Around
Rank Final
2
Score Final
55.132 
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
55.766 
Vault
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.416
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
14.483
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
14.400
Balance Beam
Rank Final
8
Score Final
12.400
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
13.433
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
7
Score Final
12.900
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
13.433

2015 - 46th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
7
Score Final
56.758 
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
57.299 
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
14.700
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
29
Score Qualif.
13.733
Balance Beam
Rank Final
7
Score Final
13.466
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.600
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
14.166
Team
Rank Final
6
Score Final
167.697
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
222.780

2014 - 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships NANNING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
9
Score Final
56.132 
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
55.532 
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
14.483
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
34
Score Qualif.
13.766
Balance Beam
Rank Final
7
Score Final
13.700
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
14.466
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
64
Score Qualif.
13.000
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
214.136

2013 - 44th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ANTWERP (BEL)

All-Around
Rank Final
13
Score Final
54.965 
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
55.465 
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
14.383
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
28
Score Qualif.
13.366
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
13.833
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
8
Score Final
13.566
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
14.000
World Challenge Cup

2022 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2022 PARIS (FRA)

Uneven Bars
Rank Final
4
Score Final
13.850
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
13.900
Balance Beam
Rank Final
3
Score Final
13.700
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
13.000
World Cup AA qualifying for OG

2020 - American Cup All-Around FIG World Cup 2020 MILWAUKEE (USA)

All-Around
Rank Final
5
Score Final
53.299 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
World / Challenge Cup

2019 - FIG 2019 Artistic Gymnastics All-Around World Cup Tokyo​ ​ TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
2
Score Final
55.032 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2019 - American Cup All-Around FIG World Cup 2019 GREENSBORO (USA)

All-Around
Rank Final
3
Score Final
55.732 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2018 - FIG World Challenge Cup PARIS (FRA)

Vault
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.200
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.350
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
3
Score Final
13.600
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
13.800
Balance Beam
Rank Final
1
Score Final
13.900
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
12.400
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
2
Score Final
13.050
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
13.150

2017 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2017 KOPER (SLO)

Vault
Rank Final
4
Score Final
13.725
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
13.475
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
2
Score Final
13.800
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
13.650
Balance Beam
Rank Final
2
Score Final
13.100
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
13.300
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
2
Score Final
12.850
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
12.850

2016 - AT&T American Cup World Cup 2016 C II NEWARK (USA)

All-Around
Rank Final
3
Score Final
57.132 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2015 - AT&T American Cup World Cup 2015 CII DALLAS (USA)

All-Around
Rank Final
5
Score Final
56.132 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2014 - Glasgow 2014 World Cup C II GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
2
Score Final
56.432 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2014 - ENBW DTB World Cup 2014 C II STUTTGART (GER)

All-Around
Rank Final
7
Score Final
55.199 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-