Some families are just full of talent aren’t they? Sporting prowess must just be in the genes. There is of course Tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, footballers Jack and Bobby Charlton, Formula one drivers Michael and Ralf Schumacher, Heavyweight boxers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and even sporting trio Phil, Gary and Tracey Neville – Gary and Phil of course Premiership footballers and Tracey, Phil’s twin sister, who has won 74 caps for England at netball.
The newest sporting siblings are American brothers Steven and Jeffrey Gluckstein. The pair who come from Atlantic highlands New Jersey are both vying for US men’s trampoline spot at the London 2012 Olympics. This can go to just one brother undoubtedly leaving the other heartbroken.
Jeffrey (left), Steven (right) Steven, now 22, has always had his heart set on competing on the trampoline at the Olympics. He first became interested in the trampoline at Primary School, he then went on to win the National Championships and since trampoline was added to the gymnastics programme at the Olympics he knew that was his ultimate goal. Jeffrey, aged 19, was far more interested in performing hair-raising tricks and only just decided he wanted to compete on the trampoline seriously a couple of years ago.
“It’s like the tortoise and the hare,” the boys’ mother Loretta explains. “Steven just methodically works out diligently. Makes sure he’s doing everything regimentally. Jeffrey, is like ‘Oh, I’m five minutes late, what do I have to do again now?’”
Although the fight may not be a clear cut as it seems. Steven experienced and focused as he is, had a terrible time in 2011 losing out to his flighty brother who went on to win 3 major titles. It will be fascinating to see how this one turns out and also to see if either brother will knock reigning trampoline champions China off the top spot.
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