FIG assigns 2014 Trampoline Worlds to Daytona Beach, USA
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, December 12, 2013: The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and USA Gymnastics have signed an agreement for the United States to play host to the 30th FIG Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships and the 23rd World Age Group Competitions in November 2014.
The 2014 Worlds will be the first Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships held in the United States under the auspices of the FIG and USA Gymnastics. However, this will be the fifth time that the USA, where Trampoline was born, will stage the discipline’s World Championships. When Trampoline was governed by the International Trampoline Federation (FIT) and the American Trampoline and Tumbling Association, the event was previously held in Lafayette, La., in 1966; Tulsa, Okla., in 1976; Bozeman, Mont., in 1982; and Birmingham, Ala., in 1988.
The World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships, held annually except in the Olympic year, determines the men’s and women’s World champions in four events: Individual Trampoline, Synchronised Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini-trampoline. The World Age Group Competitions showcase the world’s best boys and girls in those four events in four age groups: 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18 years of age. The two events are expected to showcase more than 1,100 athletes.
The International Gymnastics Federation awarded the events to the United States at its Executive Committee meeting last month.
The World Championships are scheduled to take place November 7 - 9, 2014, at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., USA, followed by the World Age Group Competitions on November 14 - 16, 2014.
About the discipline
Trampoline events involve athletes using trampolines that can propel them up to 30 feet in the air, during which they can perform double and triple twisting somersaults. Tumbling utilises elevated rod-floor runways that enable athletes to jump at heights more than 10 feet and execute a variety of acrobatic maneuvers. For the Double-Mini competition, the athlete makes a short run, leaps onto a small two-level trampoline, performs an aerial maneuver and dismounts onto a landing mat. Trampoline was added to the Olympic Games in 2000.
Trampoline history in the USA
Former American gymnast and diver George Nissen (February 3, 1914 – April 7, 2010), who constructed the first folding trampoline in 1936 and made trampolining a worldwide sport, is recognised as the inventor of modern trampoline. Based on “trampolin,” the Spanish word for diving or spring board, Nissen registered the English version “Trampoline” as a trademark for his rebounding equipment.
The USA has, in fact, produced numerous World champions in all Trampoline and Tumbling disciplines, especially in the early years during the 1960s and 1970s. They include the men’s and women’s first Individual Trampoline World champions, Dan Millman and Judy Wills Cline, who won the World titles in 1964. Most recently the U.S. men and women won the Double Mini-trampoline team gold medals, along with the women’s Double Mini gold and the men’s Double Mini silver.
With a total of 58 World gold medals, the country still leads the discipline’s overall medal table ahead of Russia (57), the former Soviet Union (25) and China (24).
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the USA had its first athlete in history advance to the finals.