Aim of the game
Bouncing on a trampoline to heights of eight metres, athletes perform acrobatic movements such as twists and somersaults in mid-air, and are awarded points for difficulty, execution and flight time
Why should you watch this?
The technical brilliance and beauty of the moves these athletes perform will leave you gasping in astonishment
A forward somersault with a half twist
A double somersault with one and a half twists
Full In Full Out
A double somersault with a double twist
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In the 1930s, physical education teacher and former university gymnastics champion George Nissen created this discipline after watching circus trapeze artists
At Sydney 2000, Russians Irina Karavaeva and Alexander Moskalenko won the first ever Olympic trampoline golds and were applauded by the sport's creator George Nissen
China's Chunlong Lu triumphed in a closely fought contest at Beijing 2008 that saw only four tenths of a point separate first and third places
China has won a third of all the men's and women's Olympic trampoline medals awarded to date, with three golds, one silver and four bronzes
However, Canada's Rosannagh MacLennan managed to beat the Chinese to the top of the podium at the London 2012 Games
Before it became a sport in its own right, trampolines were used for training astronauts and preparing athletes for other disciplines
It is not permitted to wear jewellery during competition, but trampolinists may wear rings without stones, so long as they are covered with tape
Each competitor performs two sets of 10 routines – single, double or triple somersaults, with and without twists.
After the judge gives the signal, the gymnast must start their performance within one minute, during which they are allowed to jump on the trampoline until they reach the required height and stability.
Performances are assessed by a panel of judges who award points for execution, degree of difficulty and time of flight.
Athletes can perform in socks or shoes specially designed for trampoline, but are not allowed to compete barefoot.
The trampoline has a rectangular metal frame to which a woven nylon fabric is affixed by springs.
Athletes & Teams
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