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Date of Birth: 02/10/80
Place of Birth: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 106 lbs
Years on National Team: 7
  In 1995, Karen Cockburn suffered a serious knee injury when she stepped on the ball while on the trampoline and completely bent her leg. She underwent major reconstructive knee surgery and was out of action for a year. Cockburn competed with a knee brace until the 1999 Olympic trials. She re-injured it in March after a fall and was out for two weeks.

  "To comeback from an injury like that is a major triumph," said her coach David Ross. "For many athletes it would have taken the wind out of their sails. But she is almost as good as she's ever been."

  Cockburn, who made her first national team at 14, reached finals at the last two world championships including a seventh place finish last year. She'll enter the Olympic Games as the second youngest entry and seeded fifth. "The top-three or four girls won't be easy to beat," said Ross. "Even to maintain her fifth spot won't be a cakewalk. She's working on new stuff but it's a coaxing process to get her do new maneuvers in competition. She has to be confident she can do it or else she gets nervous."

2000 Games
Sept. 22: Women: Karen Cockburn, Toronto, won bronze medal.

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Canada's Karen Cockburn in action
Karen Cockburn performs
Cockburn is hugged by her coach
Cockburn with gold medalist Irina Karavaeva
Cockburn with her bronze medal
Cockburn waves to the crowd
The women's trampoline medalists


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