Having been raised north of Toronto in nearby King City, part of the York Region district, the chance to compete in front of friends and family at the 2015 Pan Am Games was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Rosie MacLennan. As Canada’s only gold medalist at the London 2012 Summer Games, MacLennan delivered again.
Capturing the gold medal at the Pan Am Games, the feeling of home court advantage was highly evident as the five-foot-two spitfire displayed why she earned the 2013 world championship in the highly exhilarating trampoline event. Entertaining the spectators at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum, while simultaneously impressing the judges, MacLennan earned a score of 53.560.
Recognition of an impressive performance that culminated with a gold medal featured the successful of triple somersaults twice. Although MacLennan successfully performed a trio of triple somersaults at the 2013 Worlds, it was still an effort that had the fans in attendance showering her with a senses shattering roar of applause.
Adding to such a memorable performance was the fact that MacLennan’s mentor and friend Karen Coburn joined her on the podium. Hailing from Stouffville (one of the municipalities in York Region), the mother of a two-year old daughter would garner the bronze medal.
Coburn’s ability to bounce back from a shattered ankle suffered eight months ago before the world championships in Daytona, Florida was a remarkable display of toughness and inspiration. Having won a medal for Canada at the sport’s debut at the Sydney 2000 Summer Games, along with two more in later Games, Coburn is highly worthy of the moniker “living legend” in her sport.
Factoring in that Coburn had to endure a steel plate and eight screws, such a gutsy display of character and perseverance was not lost on MacLennan. Of note, MacLennan nearly had her own Pan Am dreams taken away from her. Three weeks prior to the event, MacLennan over-rotated on a jump, suffering a mild concussion during training.
Considering that MacLennan also stumbled in the qualification session, the outcome could have been disastrous. Having won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, there was a strong feeling of redemption in getting the opportunity to defend her gold. As MacLennan had also participated in the first day of the 2015 Pan Am Games torch relay, this was an event very close to her heart.
Finishing with the silver medal was Mexico’s Dafne Loza Navarro with a score of 52.000. As a side note, Keegan Soehn captured the gold in the men’s trampoline, providing Canada with a rare double.