York Region pair 1-2 at World Cup
Two York Region trampolinists will be entering the 2012 Summer Olympics in London next month on a high.
Rosie MacLennan of King City and Karen Cockburn of Stouffville finished first and second, respectively, in the final World Cup event prior to the 2012 Summer Olympics in Arosa, Switzerland yesterday.
MacLennan and Cockburn qualified third and fourth, respectively, in the preliminaries, but amped up their performances in the final to share a World Cup podium for the first time.
It was MacLennan’s second career World Cup gold medal, with a score of 55.605 points, with Cockburn a close second at 55.125.
Cockburn, 31, and MacLennan, 23, went into their final competition before the Olympics eager to prove the formidable Chinese team of Shanshan Huang and Li Dan was not unbeatable.
“We wanted to do strong routines and hoped to push one of the Chinese off the podium but we never expected to come first and second,” MacLennan, runner-up at last year’s world championships, said on Gymnastics Canada’s website.
Cockburn, who’d like nothing more than to cap her extraordinary career with a record fourth straight Olympic medal, also admitted a 1-2 finish seemed almost too good to be true.
“It’s kind of surreal, the Chinese didn’t fall and they did good routines, so we’re kind of shocked,” said Cockburn, winner of two silvers and a bronze in three Olympic Games.
“It’s the best we good have ever hoped for at the last World Cup before the Olympics. Now we have to go home and keep working on the little details and hopefully we can both be on the podium at the Olympics. That would be amazing.”
Cockburn and MacLennan train at the Skyriders Trampoline Club in Richmond Hill.