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


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

Hardy Fink’s last day at FIG

Hardy Fink was the Director of Education and Academy Programmes for FIG. He organized, amongst other things, FIG Academies, FIG Age Group Programme and Olympic Solidarity courses. All things education for 7 FIG competition disciplines – ACR, AER, MAG, PK, RG, TRA, WAG.

For some years Hardy had been asking for a transition plan to a successor. It’s a massive job and not many in the world have the experience, knowledge and contacts to make it work.

Hardy has attend more World Championships & Olympics than anyone, for example. Stuttgart was his 32nd Worlds in series.

Nobody has yet been named by FIG.

The only positive note is that Hardy has been asked to consult with his replacement over the next couple of years. In my opinion, that would be essential or FIG coach education opportunities will plummet.

related – Dvora Meyer’s recent interview with Hardy (for subscribers)

T&T #WorldCup Baku

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Rosie MacLennan talks mental health

The double Olympic Trampoline champion sometimes suffers from depression.

Watch it on TSN – As Long As I Breathe

This released in conjunction with the #BellLetsTalk program.

Rosie wants anyone else suffering any kind of mental health problems to feel comfortable talking about it.


“Over the last decade, the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund has helped more than 650 organizations on the front line of mental health care drive real change in their communities,” said Bell Let’s Talk Chair Mary Deacon.

“We welcome this year’s fund applicants and look forward to offering our support to even more exciting projects in 2020.”