The most decorated trampolinist in Olympic history.
Karen has three Olympic medals to her credit. She won bronze in trampoline’s inaugural Olympic Games at Sydney 2000, following it up with silvers at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. At the latter, she was honoured to be named Canada’s Closing Ceremony flag bearer. She narrowly missed a fourth Olympic medal with her fourth place finish at London 2012.
Cockburn won gold at the 2007 Pan Am Games but was unable to defend her title at Guadalajara 2011 when she developed a stomach illness and had to withdraw after leading the qualification round. World champion in 2003, Cockburn also won a world bronze medal in 2009.
|Synchronized Trampoline||14.20||06 NOV 2006||Birmingham, U.K|
|Women’s Individual trampoline||106.90||31 OCT 2007||Canadian Championships|
|Synchronized Trampoline||131.70||14 DEC 2007||Regina, Saskatchewan|
Married to chiropractor Mathieu Turgeon. Parents Colin and Patricia Cockburn. Older brother Kevin. Daughter Émilie was born in September 2013.
Getting into the Sport:
Started trampoline at age 11 as training for gymnastics and diving. Began competing internationally two years later.
Studied holistic nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Affiliated with Jump Start and At My Best.
Odds and Ends
Beyond trampoline, Karen has a passion for cooking and is currently studying to become a holistic nutritionist. She stays active through Pilates, snowboarding and other sports.