Rio 2016: MacLennan wins trampoline gold

‘Grateful’ MacLennan gives Canada more to celebrate at Rio 2016

Rosie MacLennan just gave Canada its sweetest double-double ever.

The 27-year-old gymnast successfully defended her gold medal in women’s trampoline on Friday, becoming the first Canadian athlete to win back-to-back golds in an individual Summer Games event.

Rio 2016: MacLennan wins trampoline gold

Canada’s Rosie MacLennan, from King City, Ont., smiles following her gold medal winning routine in the final of the trampoline gymnastics competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics Friday, August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

“It’s so surreal,” said MacLennan. “I’m so excited and I’m really proud.”

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MacLennan won Canada’s only gold medal at London 2012, and carried the nation’s flag into the Opening Ceremony in Rio. But she suffered a concussion during training last summer, with symptoms that lingered for months, affecting her preparation for these Games.

Even so, MacLennan—who also won gold at last summer’s Pan American Games—recovered in time to sit atop the Olympic podium once again.

Rio 2016: MacLennan wins trampoline gold

Rosie MacLennan pictured after successfully defending her trampoline gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (photo/Jason Ransom)

“I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to come out here to compete at the Olympics again,” she said. “I can’t even describe it.”

It’s been a wild four-year ride for MacLennan, who joins an exclusive club of Canadians who’ve won multiple gold medals at the Summer Olympics. Her main takeaway from the experience, however, has been a message that will ring true for competitors at any level.

“The most important thing,” she said, “is to chase the dream and love the journey.”