Olympic gold medal­list and reign­ing world cham­pion tram­po­line gym­nast Rosie Ma­clen­nan re­flects on her child­hood mem­o­ries of Muskoka, Ont.

The Olympic gold medal­list and reign­ing world cham­pion tram­po­line gym­nast re­flects on her child­hood sum­mers in Muskoka, Ont.

Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS - —As told to Alexan­dra Pope

WWhen I was grow­ing up, my fam­ily had a cot­tage in Port Sand­field, where Lake Rosseau con­nects with Lake Joseph. We’d spend all sum­mer there and week­ends in the spring and fall. It was where we came to­gether as a fam­ily. I have three sib­lings and two cousins, and as long as it wasn’t thun­der­ing, the six of us would be out­side all day, ev­ery day — swim­ming, wake­board­ing, wa­ter­ski­ing, tub­ing. Some­times we’d have sleep­overs in the boathouse, where you could hear the waves at night. My grand­par­ents also had a cot­tage on Lake Rosseau, and that’s where I learned a lot of the lessons that have trans­lated into sport and the way I live my life. I was the youngest and small­est of the cousins, but that was never a hin­der­ing fac­tor. If there was some­thing I wanted to do, my fam­ily would fig­ure out a way to in­clude me. My grand­par­ents had an ac­tiv­ity chart up in the stair­well with all our names on it next to dif­fer­ent skills; once you did an ac­tiv­ity three times, you got a star. I re­mem­ber be­ing es­pe­cially proud to get a star for do­ing a back dive, be­cause it was some­thing I was scared to do. A week be­fore my first Olympics in Bei­jing, I went to my grand­par­ents’ cot­tage with my par­ents and one of my team­mates. At din­ner, my grand­fa­ther told us about how he qual­i­fied for the Olympics in 1940. It was the first time he’d re­ally told me the story in full, and we sat around that ta­ble for hours, just chat­ting. A week later, he passed away. Look­ing back, that was one of the most spe­cial mo­ments I had with my grand­fa­ther.

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