This blog will teach you about Olympic Trampolining. From how to compete, rules in the games and all of the moves.
The London Olympic Games took place from the 27th July to the 12th August this year (2012). Trampolining is a quite a new discipline to the Olympic Games.
The competition consists of two rectangular trampolines. The trampolines have to fit with the Olympic requirements and measure 5.05metres long, 2.91metres wide and 1.15metres high, and are placed next to each other.
The trampoline bed is made up of nylon bands that are 6mm thick and woven together. Around the edge of the trampoline are mats to ensure the safety of the competitors. The judging panel sits just 10 metres away from the trampolines. There are nine judges marking each routine. They award points based on difficulty, execution and time of flight. The judges will also deduct points for errors.
There are just two gold medals on offer, one for men’s trampolining and the other for women’s.
Whilst bouncing on the trampoline roughly 10 metres high, the gymnasts must try to achieve certain positions e.g. twists, bounces and somersaults and finish by landing on the trampoline with both feet on the trampoline bed and holding and upright position for at least three seconds.
The gymnasts have to perform a series of 10 skill routines and must have 10 contacts with the trampoline bed. (i.e. 10 bounces).
In the qualifying rounds, gymnasts must perform two routines, one is compulsory and the other one is optional.
Each move must be performed in one of the three following basic shapes:
Here are some of the many moves:
Barani – a front Somersault with a half twist
Cat twist – a move starting on the back, with one full twist, landing on the back again.
Roller – a move starting on the seat, full twist to seat drop
In total there are 32 men and women, who will compete for medals at the Olympics. Each country is limited to two men and two women representing them.
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