At the last Olympics, Rosie MacLennan was a volunteer. She used frequent flier miles to travel from Toronto. She slept on an air mattress in the living room of her brother Matt’s Vancouver home. She spent the 2010 Winter Games working at Canada House, the home away from home for Canadian athletes and their families, restocking food, running errands, whatever.
One of her duties: going to the printer to pick up photos of medal winners, so they could be framed and put on the wall.
“It was perfect,” she said. “It was an amazing experience.”
At this Olympics, Rosie MacLennan is a gold medallist. She won the women’s trampoline competition Saturday in London, giving her country its first victory of the 2012 Summer Games. She was whisked to Canada House, where former Vancouver co-workers brought her food, where the prime minister called for her, where the other athletes and their families sang “O Canada” and chanted “GOLD-EN GIRL!” in her honour. Someone had to go to the printer to pick up a photo of her. It is framed and hanging on the wall.
How perfect and amazing is that?
“It certainly has been a bit of a dream come true,” she said.