Keegan Soehn is king of the trampoline
Keegan Soehn of Red Deer kicked off his 2012 trampoline season on Friday by edging brother Kyle for the men’s title at Elite Canada in Airdrie.
Top-ranked Jason Burnett of Toronto, who needed to finish first or second to clinch Canada’s lone Olympic berth in men’s trampoline, wound up 10th in an open competition for both youth and senior competitors.
A silver-medal winner at the last Olympics in 2008, Burnett will have another chance to book his return ticket to the Games at a second qualification meet at the end of April in Gatineau, Que. Soehn also has a shot at the Games, more likely as the alternate behind Burnett, depending on results at the final Olympic qualifier.
“Winning was definitely a surprise,” said Soehn. “I came into the final just hoping to make my routine because I was having a bit of trouble in the warm ups, but I felt great right from the start and I felt like I knew I was going to do well.”
In women’s trampoline, Karen Cockburn finished first with a score of 54.775, followed by fellow Torontonians Rosannagh Maclennan and Samantha Smith with 52.970 and 51.355 points respectively. Cockburn, who won bronze at the 2000 Olympics and silver at the 2004 and 2008 Games, and Maclennan have locked up Canada’s two Olympic spots in women’s trampoline.