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Fourteen-year-old Pan Am champion De Fazio Ebert is named to the Olympic skateboarding team

TORONTO — Months after becoming the first-ever gold medalist at the Pan American Games in the women’s park, 14-year-old Fay De Fazio Ebert has been selected for the Canadian skateboarding team for the Paris Olympics.

The roster, announced Wednesday by Canada Skateboard and the Canadian Olympic Committee, also includes Miles Berger of Kamloops, BC, Ryan Decenzo of Delta, BC, and Cordano Russell of London, Ont.

Toronto’s Fazio Ebert will likely become the youngest participant in Canada’s Olympic delegation.

She was 13 when she won a gold medal in the women’s park when skateboarding made its Pan Am debut at the 2023 Santiago Games.

“It has a big impact that so many excellent Canadian skateboarders are heading to Paris in 2024,” De Fazio Ebert said in a press release. “We lack high-level skateboard training facilities in the country. Still, it’s great to see us as a team, as individuals, continuing to put our best foot forward on this international stage.”

Berger, the only member with previous Olympic experience, will compete in the men’s street event for the second time in a row. His best performance in the event came in 2021, when he finished sixth at the World Skateboarding Championships.

Decenzo, who celebrates his 38th birthday just before the opening ceremony in Paris, made his Major Games debut at the 2023 Pan Am Games. He won a gold medal on the street at the 2016 X Games and took bronze last year.

“It’s an honor to represent Canada in skateboarding in Paris. It’s something we’ve all worked hard on. It wasn’t an easy process, but we’re happy to be here today,” Decenzo said.

“We will give it our all and hopefully make Canada proud.”

Russell, 19, finished fourth at the 2023 World Skate Street Championships. He opted to defer his scholarship to the University of San Diego to focus on qualifying for Paris.

The four athletes qualified based on their performances at the World Skate events over the past two years, and based on the Olympic qualifying series that ended last weekend in Budapest, Hungary.

The men’s street skateboard event will take place on July 27, while the women’s park event will take place on August 6.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 26, 2024.

The Canadian Press