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List of 8 facts everybody should know about Olympic Trampoline Gymnastics (2000 – 2012)

After talking to my friend Nuno Merino I felt obligated to brush up on my Olympic Trampoline Gymnastics history and, as soon as I began reading, a list of facts started piling up in the back of my mind. Funny how I could relate those facts with a number (when? How many?).

So, with no more delays, here is the “LIST OF 8 FACTS EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OLYMPIC TRAMPOLINE GYMNASTICS

 

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#1 – Russia was the FIRST country to get 2 Trampoline Olympic Medals on the same event.

It was back in 2000, during the Sydney Olympic Games, that Alexander Moskalenko and Irina Karavaeva won the first Olympic Gold Medals in the Sport. Since then, in the 4 following Olympic Games, it only happened once. This time, it was China’s turn, in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, with Chunlong Lu and Wenna He taking the gold in Men’s and Women’s Individual Trampoline (respectively).

#2 – In the Trampoline Gymnastics’ Olympic history there are TWO countries who have only won one medal in the 4 events.

First, we have Australia with Ji Wallace’s silver medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Then, in 2008 Uzbekistan’s Ekatherina Khilko wrote her country’s name in the Trampoline Olympic History Book by winning a Bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics.

#3 – THREE is the record number of Olympic Medals won by the same gymnast in our sport.

This deed was accomplished by the Canadian Karen Cockburn. In her vast resume she has:

  • Sydney 2000’s Bronze Medal;
  • Athens 2004’s Silver Medal;
  • Beijing 2008’s Silver Medal.

As you all can see, she only needs a Gold Medal to complete her collection of Olympic achievements. Will it be in Rio 2016?

#4 – In the Olympic Game’s History, FOUR were the events where Trampoline Gymnastics was competed:

Sydney 2000;
Athens 2004;
Beijing 2008;
London 2012.

Just can’t wait to see what surprises will Rio 2016 bring to our sport.

#5 – Beyond Karen’s record of 3 medals, there are FIVE other multi Olympic medallists in Trampoline Gymnastics, all of them with 2 medals each:

Alexander Moskalenko – Sydney 2000 (Gold) and Athens 2004 (Silver);
Chunlong Lu – Beijing 2008 (Gold) and London 2012 (Bronze);
Dong Dong – Beijing 2008 (Bronze) and London 2012 (Gold);
Shanshan Huang – Athens 2004 (Bronze) and London 2012 (Silver);
Wenna He – Beijing 2008 (Gold) and London 2012 (Bronze)

#6 – The second most accomplished country in Olympic Trampoline Gymnastics is Canada with a total of SIX medals throughout the 4 Olympic games.

The gymnasts responsible for this were:

Karen Cockburn (3 medals);
Mathieu Turgeon (1 medal);
Jason Burnett (1 medal);
Rosannagh Maclennan (1 medal).

In these 6 Olympic medals we can count 2 Bronze (Cockburn and Turgeon), 3 Silver (2 from Cockburn and one from Burnett) and Maclennan’s Gold in the 2012 Olympics.

One Question remains, which is the most accomplished country in Olympic Trampoline Gymnastics?

#7 – SEVEN are the countries with Olympic medals in Trampoline Gymnastics (in alphabetic order):

Australia;
Canada;
China;
Germany;
Russia;
Ukraine;
Uzbekistan.

Apart from Canada, already stated as being the second most accomplished country in Olympic Trampoline Gymnastics, which one do you think will win the most accomplished title?

#8 – And here is the bit everyone was waiting for. The most accomplished country in Olympic Trampoline Gymnastics is China with EIGHT medals in total.

The big contributors that made this title possible were:

Chunlong Lu – Beijing 2008 (Gold) and London 2012 (Bronze);
Dong Dong – Beijing 2008 (Bronze) and London 2012 (Gold);
Shanshan Huang – Athens 2004 (Bronze) and London 2012 (Silver);
Wenna He – Beijing 2008 (Gold) and London 2012 (Bronze)

What about you guys?

Can you share a fact to add to our list?

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2 thoughts on “List of 8 facts everybody should know about Olympic Trampoline Gymnastics (2000 – 2012)

  1. I think you missed one fact : “trampoline gymnastics” is just the most ridiculous term the FIG ever invented !
    Lets just keep calling it “trampoline”, no need to add any other word !

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