In London 2012, Rosie MacLennan entered the Olympic final in the fourth and final spot and within reach of the podium.
What she did next would define her athletic career – she won Canada’s only individual gold medal of the London Games.
With an engaging smile and gracious spirit, she quickly became Canada’s sweetheart.
As the Pan Am Games made their way to her hometown, Rosie renewed her focus on defending her title in Toronto and doing something in Rio 2016 that has never been accomplished in women’s trampoline – three triple flips in a single routine.
With a near-perfect performance in front of a sold-out Canadian crowd – including her family and closest friends – she jumped to another gold medal in Toronto.
For the clearly-appreciative fans, Rosie had delivered the performance of the Pan Am Games.
Rosie’s ambition extends to her academic life as well.
As a graduate student at the University of Toronto, she's completed her master’s thesis on social change through sport.
She hopes that her athletic experience and education will provide her with a solid foundation to build a better Canada through her research insights about athletes beyond high performance sport and her work with charitable organizations like Jumpstart and Active at School.
In Rio 2016, as Canada's Flag Bearer for the Opening Ceremonies, Rosie lead a promising Team Canada into Maracana Stadium.
And after a year of battling through two head injuries that lead to vision problems and headaches that nearly derailed her career, she entered the Games with an opportunity to do something no other summer Olympian had ever done for our Country – defend an Olympic title.
Then, on August 12, after a shaky preliminary round, she steadied her focus, stayed high and centred on the trampoline, and bounced her way to a second consecutive gold medal.
In Tokyo 2020, she'll look to become the first Canadian to win three consecutive gold medals in an individual sport.