Canadian women want to bounce back to the trampoline podium

Canadian women want to bounce back to the trampoline podium
Canadian women want to bounce back to the trampoline podium

However, it was the first time since 2015 that the Canadians were excluded from the podium at this competition.

And when Rosie MacLennan found herself in 4th place at the Tokyo Games, it was the first time the Canadian women had been excluded from the podium since the arrival of the trampoline at the Olympics in 2000.

In short, Canada will have to try to bounce back in time to regain its place at the Paris Games

Millette has had a great week. In addition to her 8th individual place which is a peak for her, the athlete from Longueuil collected 4th places as a team and in sync with Sophiane Méthot.

I was really happy to make a first individual final, she told Radio-Canada Sports.

My goal was to make a top 12. So for sure I couldn’t be disappointed with 8th, even though my routine was not my best.

It was a first competition in face-to-face for many Canadian trampolinists since the start of the pandemic. For Sarah Milette, the most recent was a World Cup event which was also held in Azerbaijan in February 2020.

Of course it was stressful. It went well during training. But when I went to do my first routine in front of the judges and the whole panel of twenty people watching you, it felt really different. I was really stressed out when I saw this.

We quickly got back in the mood and it will certainly help motivation to finally be able to resume competitions in person.

If the COVID-19 variants hold their own, the usual schedule of international competitions will resume next spring.

The qualification process for the Paris Olympics will begin a few months later.

Canada will try to qualify two trampolinists for the Games, as was the case in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

The competition will be fierce as three Canadian women finished in the top 16 in the individual competition at the World Championships. Millette finished 8th, Rachel Tam, 11th, and Sophiane Méthot, 16th.

Two-time Olympic champion and two-time world champion Rosie MacLennan was not in Baku. At 33, however, she has not announced her retirement. Perhaps she will decide to embark on the pursuit of a fifth appearance at the Olympics.

Belarusian Tatsiana Piatrenia, world champion in 2017, has just returned to competition at the age of 40 and reached the semi-finals of the worlds last weekend.

At 33, Rosie MacLennan is still very young and Sarah Millette, at 24, has plenty of time in front of her.

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