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Trampoline

THE 2 EVENTS

  • An individual event (men's and women's)

THE FORMAT

  • First round of 16, eight go into the final.

MILESTONES

Antiquity

Gymnastics is practiced in ancient Greece, India, Persia and China.

1896

Gymnastics are on the agenda at the first modern Olympic Games in Greece.

1920

Two trapeze artists invent the trampoline by performing a series of jumps and moves on the security net.

1926

American PE professor George Nissen creates the first trampoline prototype.

1964

Creation of the International Trampoline Federation in Frankfurt, West Germany. The first world championships take place in London.

2000

The trampline event makes its Olympic debut in Sydney.

STARS

Alexandre Moskalenko (RUS)

The Russian bouncer. Gold medallist at Sydney 2000, he became the first trampoline Olympic champion. At Athens four years later the Russian settled for Olympic silver but with 5 world titles (1990, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001), he is one of the symbols of the sport.

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