Canadian Olympic medalist Karen Cockburn retires

Karen Cockburn (left with Rosannagh MacLennan) (Wikimedia Commons)

Three-time Olympic medalist Karen Cockburn of Toronto, Ontario announced her retirement from trampoline at the age of 36 on Sunday according to CBC Sports. Cockburn (pronounced co-burn) won the silver medal for Canada at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing  and a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Despite the fact that Rosannagh MacLennan of Toronto, Ontario has won back-to-back Olympic gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, one cannot ignore the fact that Cockburn still has won more Olympic medals than MacLennan. In fact Cockburn should have won four Olympic medals. She controversially finished in fourth place at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He Wenna finished in third place and won the bronze medal even though she went out of bounds in the later stages of her final routine. Wenna had a better score than Cockburn by nine one hundredths of a point.

In addition to her three Olympic medals, Cockburn also won the gold medal in the individual women’s trampoline competition at the 2003 World Trampoline Championships in Hannover, Germany. She later added a bronze medal in the individual women’s trampoline competition at the 2009 World Trampoline Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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