Trampoline at the Olympics

Trampoline is an individual event that is contested separately by both men and women as a part of the gymnastics discipline during the Summer Olympics. It was added into the Olympic program beginning with the 2000 Sydney games and still continues to be a part of the games.

The sport involves bouncing on a trampoline to heights up to eight metres, while the athletes perform acrobatic movements such as twists and somersaults in mid-air. Points are awarded for difficulty, execution and flight time.

In the men's event, China has had the most success with a gold medal win in the last two consecutive Olympics. They also took the bronze medal in both those Olympics to account for four total medals. Russia is a close second with one gold and two silver medals.

Lu Chunlong and Dong Dong, both from China, who won the gold and bronze respectively in 2008 Beijing games. They traded their podium finishes in the 2012 London games. Together they are the most accomplished men in the event thus far.

In the women's event, Canada has been the most consistent team thus far by winning a medal in all the four its appearances, which includes a gold medal in the 2012 London games. China, also with one gold and four total medals, is a close second.

Karen Cockburn of Canada and Huang Shanshan of China are the only multiple medal winner in the event thus far. Though the gold eluded both gymnasts, Karen finished with the silver medal twice and Huang picked up one silver and one bronze.

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