Trampolining is an Olympic sport where athletes perform acrobatics while bouncing up and down on a trampoline. It is a sport that requires sheer athleticism, and a lot of courage and determination. It is quite dangerous since they are performing extremely difficult tricks while very high in the air, which is what makes it exciting and thrilling for both the athletes and the fans.
Trampolining is the act of bouncing up and down on a trampoline while performing various flips and twists.
Trampolining is extremely popular all over the world. In countries such as Canada, the United States, and Australia it is very common for families to have a trampoline in their backyard. At the competitive level, it is also a very popular sport in China, as they have found the most success by far in the Olympics.
Trampoline appeared for the first time in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. There was both a men's competition and a women's competition including both compulsory and voluntary events. In compulsory events, athletes perform a pre-choreographed routine on the trampoline and are judged by their ability to complete each skill in order and with good form. In the voluntary event, athletes are allowed to make up their routine as they go, being scored on the difficulty of skills and how well they execute them, and how long they are in the air directly above the trampoline. Judges score overall on difficulty, execution, and flight time for both events.
Since its implementation in the 2000 Olympic Games, China has shown to be a strong force in the world of trampoline. They have won eleven medals, leading high above any other nation. However, in 2012, Canadian athlete Rosannagh MacLennan won gold, out-performing two Chinese athletes to do so. In the upcoming Olympics, athletes are expected to be performing harder and more complex skills, with the common expectation that China will still be a strong competitor.