Trampoline Gymnastics (TG)
Four events comprise trampoline gymnastics: individual trampoline, synchronized trampoline, double mini trampoline and tumbling. Trampoline gymnastics is an exciting sport, with gymnasts performing amazing skills at heights up to eight metres. Although newer to the Olympics, trampoline first appeared in the 2000 Sydney Games, trampoline gymnastics has a long history.
Many cultures have developed apparatus designed to propel a person into the air; native Canadians did this using hide blankets held by a circle of people. Circuses have also used a number of apparatus to perform aerial and somersault manoeuvres. And acrobatic stunts have long been performed on the floor to amaze and delight the audience.
Trampoline gymnastics as we know it today developed from introduction of modern trampolines built by George Nissan and debuted in 1935. The trampoline has continued to see many advances, with today's trampolines capable of projecting an athlete over eight metres into the air.
Since its addition to the Olympics, Canada has won six medals and at least one in each Games. Karen Cockburn won three consecutive medals in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Her teammate, Rosie MacLennan won Canada’s only gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. On the men’s side, Mathieu Turgeon and Jason Burnett have each won an Olympic medal.
Debbie McBoyle, TG Coordinator, 604-333-3497, firstname.lastname@example.org
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