The Trampoline World Championship is the highest competition for trampolining. Originally, the event was held yearly in 1964 to 1968 but changed it to every two years since 1970. Since 2000, a trampoline event is also part of the gymnastics competition at the Olympic Games.
Trampoline is one of the newest members of the gymnastics family. It arrived in January 1999 when the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) and the Federation Internationale de Trampoline (FIT) merged. Since then, as the sport was added to the Olympics, the World Championship in the year prior to the Olympics became the qualifying championships.
At the World Championships, there are competitions in the following categories: Individual, Synchro, Double Mini, and Tumbling.
Individual and synchro trampoline routines have to demonstrate excellent control, steady height and accurate style. Trampolining consists of ten different skills executed as high rhythmic moves and each of them may land either on their feet, front or back. Male athletes will have one to three triple somersaults for their routine, as well as moves with double somersaults and different twists as well. Female athletes will do ten double somersaults with or without twists.
The smallest of the three disciplines is the double mini trampoline. It includes two mini trampolines connected jointly and athletes present two skills and land under excellent control on the mat or landing zone.
During tumbling, another discipline of the trampoline championship, takes place on a track where the power comes from glass fiber rods, allowing the competitor to do a very fast and explosive routine with double somersaults with or without twists.
In the early days of the World Trampoline Championships, the USA dominated the medals. Nowadays, it is the Chinese athletes who regularly win the gold medals.
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