Olympic Couples: Canadian Trampolinists Karen Cockburn And Mathieu Turgeon
After years of friendship, the elite athletes were officially dating by the time their first Olympic Games rolled around in 2000. Karen and Mathieu, the only two trampolinists in Canada to qualify for those games, both left Sydney with bronze medals.
Mathieu has since retired from competition (but he still coaches) and Karen’s career reached new heights when she won a silver medal in both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Games. She is a medal hopeful again this summer in London.
2 sat down with these high-flying marrieds to dish on puppy love, kiteboarding and baby plans.
On How They Met:
KAREN SAYS… We met at trampoline class when we were really young. I was 11 and Mat was 12. We were friends and training partners for years until I was about 19 or 20 when we started dating.
MATHIEU SAYS… As the only Canadian trampoliners to qualify for the 2000 Olympics, we spent even more time together and that quickly developed into a relationship.
On Their First Date:
KAREN SAYS… We never had an official first date. I knew that Mat had a crush on me when we were teenagers, and I remember hiding in the bathroom because I didn’t want to dance with him at a banquet after National championships.
MATHIEU SAYS… She thought I was a dork!
KAREN SAYS… [laughing] Yeah, I guess I thought he was a bit of a dork! But we were training so much together and things started happening that you wouldn’t do with a friend. Once we were driving somewhere and he reached over and grabbed my hand and I thought, friends don’t really do that. It just kind of evolved from there.