...Canada 1 gold away from tying national record of 47 for non-home Pan Am Games.

Winning the first Pan American Games gold medal awarded in men's breaking meant a lot to Philip Kim, but the Olympic berth he also gained meant even more.

The 26-year-old from Vancouver, known as B-boy Phil Wizard in breakdancing circles, defeated Jeff (B-boy Jeffro) Louis of the United States 3-0 in Saturday's final men's battle.

"Honestly, the Olympic place means more to me. I want to be there. I want to be part of history," Kim said. "I'm relieved more than anything.

"In the last year I can say it's been a roller-coaster ride, but I've grown so much as a person as well as an artist and an athlete because of the process we've had to go through. It's pushed me in ways that I've never been pushed before and I'm very grateful for that."

Breaking made its Pan Am Games debut in...

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Author: Donna Spencer