Olympic Trampoline Format
Trampolining has a vocabulary
all its own. Moves include fliffis (a double somersault with a twist),
triffis (a triple somersault with a twist), Randolphs (a forward
somersault with 2.5 twists), Rudolphs (a forward somersault with 1.5 twists)
and baranis (a forward somersault with a half-twist).
These moves, and others, go towards completing
a set of criteria each routine must meet.
These include one landing on either the front
or back of the body, a single- or double-somersault with at least 1.5
twists; a forward- or backward-somersault with or without a twist; and a
forward or backward somersault including at least a full twist.
The Olympic competition involves a qualifying
round and finals. In the qualifying round, each competitor is required
to perform a compulsory routine and a voluntary routine. The top 10
competitors advance to the finals, where they each perform a voluntary
No time limits apply to routines, but they have
to display 10 recognized skills.
A total of 24 athletes will take part in the
trampolining at the Sydney Olympics, 12 each in the men's and women's
To qualify, competitors needed to finish in the
top 10 at the World Championships in South Africa last year, or be one
of the two wildcards awarded for each event.
The trampoline is made up of a metal frame
supporting a spring bed. It measures 5.05m by 2.91m and is a little over
The bed is made from nylon or string and is
around six millimeters thick.
The safety platform, a large, thick mat, is
placed at either end of the trampoline.
Trampolinists compete in either socks or gym