3-time Olympic trampoline medallist Karen Cockburn

I’ve always been a huge fan of Karen Cockburn.

Her autobiography, called Karen Cockburn: Soaring High, was published in November 2007.

FIG posted an excellent new interview:

… the first – and to date, the only – woman to win three Olympic medals in Trampoline, establishing Canada as one of the premier Trampoline nations along the way.

The medal-winning precedent Cockburn set with her bronze in 2000 and silvers in 2004 and 2008 was carried on by her friend and training partner Rosie MacLennan, who took gold in 2012 and 2016. …

What is the effect that your coach Dave Ross has had on Trampoline Gymnastics in Canada?

KC: You would need to write an entire book on this topic to truly know the impact he has had. Dave’s athletes have won seven Olympic medals. All of these athletes he has personally trained since they were about 10 years old. …

Legends of Gymnastics: Q+A with three-time Olympic medallist Karen Cockburn

2011

The Francis Allen Training Complex

The new Gymnastics facility at Nebraska was named in honour of legendary coach (and comedian) Francis Allen.

… involved with the Husker gymnastics program for nearly 50 consecutive years, lettering as a gymnast for three years (1962-64), serving as an assistant coach for five seasons (1965-69) and then leading the program as head coach for 40 seasons (1970-2009). …

Allen led the Huskers to eight NCAA team championships, including five consecutive titles from 1979 to 1983. …

Allen coached nine Olympians at Nebraska and served as the head coach of Team USA for the 1980 and 1992 Olympics …

Huskers Open Francis Allen Training Complex

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75th anniversary of the Trampoline

An excellent article published by Smithsonian magazine.

Inspired by circus performers, George Nissen created the bouncing ‘tumbling device’ that still captures imaginations 75 years later …

His invention, which he labeled a “tumbling device,” was granted a patent 75 years ago on March 6, 1945. He later received a registered trademark for “Trampoline,” which came from el trampolín, the Spanish word for “diving board.”

How the Trampoline Came to Be

George Nissen

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