Maclennan strikes gold in LondonAugust 4, 2012
LONDON – Rosie MacLennan brought Canada to golden heights Saturday on the Trampoline. The King City, ON native bounced to a near perfect routine with a 57.305 score and raised the Canadian medal count to eight, overtaking the defending Olympic and world champion He Wenna of China.
“It hasn’t hit me yet. I’m really happy. It’s the biggest score I’ve ever gotten and I knew it would be a tough one to catch, but you never want to get ahead of yourself,” MacLennan said. “You want to wait until your competitors are done. I knew that the beginning of my routine was really strong, but you kind of get into a pattern. To be honest, I don’t remember the rest of the routine. I was just trying to focus on one trick at a time and getting it done. “
The victory marks Canada’s first gold of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“Rosie has earned the right to call herself the Olympic champion,” said 2012 Canadian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Mark Tewksbury. “Her hard work, determination and exceptional talent have landed her on top of the Olympic podium. The whole team is proud of her and her outstanding performance today.”
“Rosie showed everyone today that Canadian athletes can compete with any athlete in the world, and win,” said Assistant Chef de Mission Sylvie Bernier. “Congratulations to Rosie on the routine of a lifetime!”
“We are so proud of Rosie’s inspiring performance,” said Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut. “Rosie has given her everything for this golden moment and soared to new heights, delivering Canada’s first gold medal of these Games in the process.”
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