Less than a year away from the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, Canada’s trampoline team led by world and Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan is flying high with no intention of touching down anytime soon.
On the final day of the Pan American Gymnastics Championships on Monday the Canadian team soared to gold and silver in both men’s and women’s individual trampoline and picked up another gold in the women’s synchro event for good measure.
MacLennan had trouble staying the middle of the trampoline at times in the women’s final but her superior difficulty and flight time carried her to the women’s title with a score of 53.945 points.
Teammate Samantha Sendel, who edged veteran Karen Cockburn for Canada’s second spot in the final, won the silver medal with 51.680.
Camilla Gomes of Brazil of took the bronze with a score of 51.335.
In the women’s synchro final MacLennan of Toronto and Sendel of Aurora, Ont., added another gold to the Canadian medal haul.
“The excitement is starting to build to the Pan Am Games for sure,” said Sendel, who made her big international breakthrough last fall with a fifth-place finish at the world championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
“We had the one year countdown just a little while ago in Toronto and that was a huge event and you could really see that people are getting excited.”
In the men’s final, 2008 Olympic silver medallist Jason Burnett of Toronto won gold with 58.660 points and Keegan Soehn of Red Deer, Alta., took the silver with 57.390.
Logan Dooley of the United States, earned the bronze with 55.515 points.
With spots at the 2015 Pan Am Games on the line at the championships the Canadian team secured the maximum of two men and two women for the competition next summer.
With three-time Olympic medal winner Karen Cockburn in the early stages of her comeback after taking time off following the 2012 Games to start a family, the competition is heating up on the women’s squad with only two spots open on the 2015 Pan Am team.
“I think the competition within the team is going to be awesome,” said Sendal. “It’s great to have have Karen back and to have that team environment where we’re pushing each other to go further.”
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