Rosie MacLennan (centre) gave Canada a memorable moment with her trampoline gold.There have been plenty of inspirational Canadian moments in the London Olympics thus far, from swimmers Ryan Cochrane and Brent Hayden bouncing back from accomplishing less than they wanted in Beijing to Tara Whitten leading Canadian cyclists to bronze in the team pursuit to the women's soccer team's victory over the Brits and Team Bruce Li motivating a nation to care about badminton. Still, the highlight of highlights thus far might just be Rosie MacLennan's gold medal in trampoline, the only gold medal Canada had earned through Monday afternoon. It was an amazing performance (you can see photos here, video here), and one that vaulted her onto the national stage.
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The 23-year-old MacLennan was fourth going into the final, but put up a ridiculous 57.305 score with a 15.4 degree of difficulty on her final routine. China's He Wenna, the defending Olympic champion, then fell on one of the last tricks of her final routine, giving MacLennan the gold. It was a remarkable final performance from MacLennan, who told TV interviewers that she figured she "might as well leave it all on the trampoline," and she certainly did that. Her stunning aerial efforts even earned the admiration of Samuel L. Jackson, who apparently has not had it with these athletes on this trampoline.
What's most remarkable about MacLennan is her journey to this point. As she told Yahoo!'s Nicholas J. Cotsonika, the Olympics was a long-held dream of hers, and a family one; her grandfather qualified in gymnastics for the 1940 Olympics, which never happened thanks to the outbreak of the Second World War. She grew up wanting to go to the Olympics, and as a toddler, she was already marching around the room and pretending she was in the Opening Ceremonies. She hit the first part of her dream in Beijing, competing in those Olympics four years ago, but it didn't give her a swelled head; two years ago in Vancouver, she went to the Games, but as a volunteer at Canada House, not a competitor or a VIP. As Cotsonika writes, that experience has been turned on its head now:Read More »from Rosie MacLennan’s trampoline gold might be the highlight of Canada’s Olympics so far