As a young athlete competing for Canada on the world circuit, Karen had hoped trampoline would one day become a part of the Olympic program. Her dream came true at the 2000 Sydney Games, when trampoline made its debut as a full medal sport. For Karen, her goal of competing at the Olympics was now within reach.
At the age of 19, Karen participated in her first Olympic Games:
“I don’t think it actually hit me until I was walking into the Opening Ceremonies. Marching in with Team Canada was completely surreal. The Opening Ceremonies is something I’d only watched on TV and it was an incredible experience to be actually living it!”
Karen represented Canada as the sole female competitor in her discipline.
As the youngest trampoline athlete and with a 7th place ranking going into the Games, Karen knew it would be a challenge for her to land on the podium.
At the trampoline finals, Karen set a personal best record and won a bronze medal for Canada.