What is Trampoline?
The sport of trampoline came from the invention of the trampoline in 1934 by George Nissen and Larry Griswold. They wanted to create a platform for astronauts and other athletes to train on to improve their acrobatic skills. Athletes from various sports such as diving, skiing, and gymnastics found the spring-loaded apparatus perfect for practicing and developing new skills. The inventors of the trampoline created a game called Spaceball, where a ball was thrown through a wall in the middle of the trampoline while athletes were jumping on either side. This sport only lasted for a little while before the modern sport of trampoline was adopted instead.
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.