Rosie MacLennan

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Rosie MacLennan
— Gymnast —
Rosie MacLennan at Olympic Heroes Parade.jpg
MacLennan at the Olympic Heroes Parade in Toronto (September 2012)
Personal information
Nickname(s) Rosie
Country represented  Canada
Born (1988-08-28) August 28, 1988 (age 25)
King City, Ontario
Residence Toronto
Discipline Trampolining
Club Skyriders Trampoline Place
Head coach(es) David Ross

Rosannagh "Rosie" MacLennan (born August 28, 1988) is a Canadian trampoline gymnast. She is the reigning World Trampoline champion, Olympic champion and Pan American Games champion in the individual trampoline event. MacLennan was the Canadian National Women's champion in 2005, 2009 and 2011. MacLennan was the World Champion in the synchro event with Karen Cockburn, winning gold in 2007. She has also won five silver and four bronze medals in World Championship competition in both the individual and synchro events.

Career[edit]

MacLennan with her synchro partner Karen Cockburn in 2007

MacLennan trains at Skyrider's Trampoline Place in Richmond Hill, Ontario with coach David Ross who has coached all of Canada's Olympic trampolinists. She has competed internationally at various levels since 1999. In 2006 she paired with her training partner, the Olympian Karen Cockburn, in synchronized trampoline and since then the pair have dominated the event internationally winning eight consecutive World Cup events including the World Cup Finals in Birmingham in 2006. In the 2007 World Championships in Quebec City they again won the event[1] The pair hold the current female synchronized trampoline routine world record for difficulty with a DD of 14.20[2] which they scored in April 2007 at the Lake Placid Trampoline World Cup. Her results at the 2007 World Championships qualified her for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Rosie MacLennan (far left) with Jason Burnett and Karen Cockburn at the Beijing Summer Olympics 2008

Following the 2007 World Championships, MacLennan came in second place in the Good Luck Beijing International Invitational Tournament, a competition held to test the facilities and organization for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In June 2008, she was selected to join Karen Cockburn and Jason Burnett as one of Canada's three trampoline gymnasts at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In the trampoline preliminary competition, she qualified in 3rd place for the Finals but eventually finished in 7th place.[3]

After the 2008 Olympics, MacLennan won the 2009 Canadian Women's Individual title. She came in 4th place for individual trampoline in the 2009 Trampoline World Championships in St Petersburg and 3rd place for individual trampoline in the 2010 Trampoline World Championships in Metz. In 2011, she again won the Canadian Championships and came in 1st place at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico and 2nd place in the 2011 Trampoline World Championships in Birmingham which won a place for Canadian women in the Trampoline event for the 2012 London Olympics.

Her next major competition was at the 2012 Gymnastics Olympic Test Event held in the same location as the Olympics. MacLennan won that event against some of the Olympic competitors that she would later face. In May 2012 she suffered a concussion and had to be cautious in her training missing the 2012 Canadian Trampoline Championships.[4] However at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she put on her best performance ever with a finals routine of 57.305, which was the gold medal winning score for Canada.[5] This was the first and only gold medal for Canada at these games and the first Canadian trampoline gold medal ever. She commented on her gold medal performance that "I was shocked. It's the biggest score that I've ever gotten and I knew that it would be a tough one to catch. But you never want to get ahead of yourself, you want to wait until all the competitors are done." There were three competitors left to compete. The two Chinese competitors were both considered good gold medal prospects, but none of them managed to beat her score and He Wenna fell at the end of her performance confirming the gold for MacLennan.[6] MacLennan's result as Canada's only gold medal winner brought out support in Canada for her as the nation's flagbearer, however it was soccer player Christine Sinclair that was eventually given to honour to a little controversy.[7]

In November 2013 MacLennan won the gold medal at the World Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria.[8]

In May 2014, MacLennan won the Cnadian National Champioship in Ottawa.[9]

Personal life[edit]

MacLennan was born in the township of King, Ontario. She graduated from King City Secondary School in 2006, where she was a cheerleader during her final year.[10] She obtained a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree from the University of Toronto in November 2011[11] and is returning to University of Toronto's Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education to pursue a masters degree.[12]

Her grandfather was selected as a gymnast for the 1940 Summer Olympics in Tokyo but was unable to compete as the games were cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIG Press release of results
  2. ^ Acrobatic Sports Competition report
  3. ^ "Olympic Heroes". Markham Economist and Sun. 2008-08-23. p. 14. 
  4. ^ Gregory Strong (August 4, 2012). "Golden Girl: Rosannagh MacLennan wins Canada's first gold medal of London Games". Winnipeg Free Press. 
  5. ^ "Rosie MacLennan wins Canada's first Olympic gold medal". The Vancouver Sun. 2008-08-04. 
  6. ^ Justin Piercy (August 4, 2012). "MacLennan wins Canada's 1st gold of London Games". CBC Sports. 
  7. ^ Karen Chen (August 13, 2012). "Team Sinclair or Team Rosie?". Ottawa Citizen. 
  8. ^ "Canada's Rosie MacLennan wins gold at trampoline worlds". CBC News. The Canadian Press. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  9. ^ MacLennan, Burnett win trampoline gold at Canadian gymnastics championships
  10. ^ King City 05/06 Archon, King City Secondary School, June 2006 
  11. ^ "Everything's Rosie". 2012-10-30. 
  12. ^ "Rosie MacLennan: Gold Medallist". 2012-08-10. 
  13. ^ "Rosannagh Maclennan". www.london2012.com. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

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