MacLennan captures gold at Trampoline World Cup in Switzerland
Gymnastics Canada – AROSA, SUI (June 25, 2016) – It was a gold medal performance for Toronto’s Rosie MacLennan at the Trampoline World Cup in Switzerland on Saturday.
MacLennan’s score of 56.660 in the final was the second best result of her career, right behind her gold medal victory at the London 2012 Olympic Games. MacLennan’s performance in Switzerland dominated the competition, where she won by more than a point over Zhu Xueying of China (55.240) and Susana Kochesok of Russia (53.095).
“I am very happy with how this competition went,” said MacLennan, “after last week, my focus was to try to maintain height and stay tighter in the air. In the finals, I competed my 15.0 degree of difficulty rather than the three triples routine (15.6) because we felt it would be more stable. I’m very excited to get back home to train, this trip overall gave me a great combination of motivation and confidence leading into the final stretch before Rio.”
Right from the beginning of the World Cup, MacLennan was a force to be reckoned with scoring 104.050 in the preliminaries and sitting atop the standings before heading into the finals. Stephan Duchesne, High Performance Director for trampoline gymnastics at Gymnastics Canada was very pleased with her results; “The bi-annual Switzerland World Cup has been a place where Canada had a good history of success,” he said following the gold medal performance, “in 2012, Rosie won this competition leading up to London. It was important to leave a good impression before Rio and this is exactly was Rosie did today.”
MacLennan’s coach Dave Ross was also happy with her results, “I am really excited that Rosie was able to deliver brilliant performances under pressure,” he said, “I am looking forward to the remaining training days and the thrill of the Olympics.”
Sam Smith and Sam Sendel both took risks during their routines by performing a triple somersault, which has never been performed before in competition in an attempt to break the current World Record for difficulty. Neither Smith nor Sendel were able to complete their optional routine and placed 24th and 25th respectively.
In the men’s competition, Jason Burnett rebounded from his performance in Italy last weekend and finished 19th overall with a score of 101.695. While Burnett unfortunately took a penalty that cost him three points overall, his optional routine was seventh best in the competition and displayed his best optional score in 2 years. Kyle Soehn had to fight to complete both routines and finished 25th overall with a score of 95.570, while Keegan Soehn finished 42nd as he was not able to complete both his routines. Trevor Stirling had to withdraw from competition due to acquiring a knee injury during training.
The final Trampoline Gymnastics World Cup before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, will be held in Coimbra, Portugal on July 8th and 9th, 2016. The remaining Canadian Senior Women’s team as well as some tumblers will compete.
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