Biography:

Rosie MacLennan competed at her second Olympic Games in 2012 and won Canada’s only gold medal in London. She performed the most difficult routine of the competition to earn a career-high score of 57.305 for Canada’s first-ever Olympic trampoline gold medal. She had first gained multi-sport experience at the 2007 Pan Am Games where she won silver before stepping up to win gold at Guadalajara 2011. She successfully defended that gold medal at home at Toronto 2015, sharing the podium with teammate Karen Cockburn, after coming back from a concussion. MacLennan made her world championship debut in 2005 and won her first medal, a bronze, in 2007. She added another bronze in 2010 before winning silver in 2011. After her Olympic triumph, MacLennan maintained her top international ranking, winning her first world title in 2013. She added another silver in 2014. After suffering her second concussion of the year when she was accidently hit on the head by a car trunk, MacLennan was happy just to be able to compete at the 2015 World Championships. Choosing to lower the technical difficulty in her routine, she trained it for one week and finished just off the podium in fourth place.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents John and Jane MacLennan… Older brothers Matthew and Michael… Older sister Katherine… Grandfather Lorne Patterson should have competed in gymnastics at the 1940 Olympic Games but they were cancelled due to WWII… Getting into the Sport: Started gymnastics at age 8 along with a number of other sports… When her siblings wanted to switch to trampoline she tagged along… Watching the Olympics on TV as a child she wanted to be an Olympian before she even knew what sport… Seeing Karen Cockburn qualify for Sydney 2000 and win a medal changed her dream to a goal… Cockburn is her role model for being a trampoline trailblazer and helping her in her own career… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011 (Bachelor degree in Physical Education and Health)… Pursuing Masters in Exercise Science at U of T… Enjoys snowboarding, skiing, and wakeboarding… Works at Canadian Tire as Advisor Sport Partnerships (2012-15)… Athlete ambassador with Right to Play, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Active At School… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “As long as I breathe…” Nickname: Rosie, E…