Toronto teenager Fay De Fazio Ebert will leave the Pan American Games as Canada’s youngest gold medalist.
The 13-year-old won the women’s park competition on Sunday, posting a best score of 84.66 points in the second of her three races in Santiago, Chile.
The Brazilian Raicca Ventura took the silver with 82.54 points and the American Bryce Wettstein the bronze (79.95) in the new Urban Sports Esplanade of the National Stadium.
Ebert captured the fifth gold of these Games for Canada, which won four on Saturday. She also has two silver and three bronze.
The youngest athlete on the Canadian team, who typically trains four hours a day, six days a week, competed with a feather on her pet duck’s helmet.
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Fay has always embraced the pressure of competition, he told CBC Sports last April, whether competing in local events or against the best in the world.
“I like the pressure of having to do something at that moment,” Ebert said. “It’s a good feeling to do a big kick-flip or do a big air. I never felt like I had to compete or train, I chose to do it because it excites me.”
At age 8, Ebert was introduced to skateboarding and quickly became competitive on the national scene. He nearly represented Canada at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, where the sport made its Summer Games debut.
With nine months to go until the Paris Olympics, Ebert is in a prime position to represent Canada on the world’s largest sporting stage.
“I didn’t realize it would get to this point, it’s a little crazy,” he said at a Canada Skateboard training camp in California last spring. “When I was little, I thought maybe I could make it running, but never skateboarding.”
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