Olympic discovery

While watching Michael win his eight gold medal and my US girls landing #1 and #2 in gymnastics, I discovered something new as I was fast forwarding through hours of recorded Olympic footage.

I’m going to go ahead and add this to my list of favorite summer Olympic sports. It’s going to be right up there with gymnastics, swimming, diving, synchronized diving, synchronized swimming, badminton, rhythmic gymnastics, handball and pole vaulting.

Who knew this was an Olympic event?

I could have totally taken the gold 12 years ago. Or eaten trampoline mat. Either way…fun would be in the mix somewhere.

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Brittney
Brittney
August 18, 2008 11:16 am

No way!! That is so AWESOME!! Granted, I can’t do anything more than jump up and land on my bottom, but that would be an awesome thing to get a medal for! You’d be able to tell your other adult friends that you’re a world champion at being a kid at heart!

PS – Did you see Dara Torres? My heart went out to her! And her little girl is SO CUTE!

starshine
starshine
August 18, 2008 11:32 am

SO. VERY. AWESOME. It looks like slow motion!

Liz G.
August 18, 2008 11:44 am

We said the same thing! We were fascinated! (And I learned that my hubby has NEVER had the pleasure of jumping on a trampoline.) I must find one now…he could have an Olympic career and not know it!!

AggieGrad2008
AggieGrad2008
August 18, 2008 12:15 pm

Why isn’t this better advertised? When are the finals? This is awesome!! I totally could have done this too (a long long time ago–before my joints aged so rapidly. ha!).

AmyH.
AmyH.
August 18, 2008 1:44 pm

Oh, I totally agree! I was lovin’ on this big time. It is a beautiful combination of power tumbling and diving but bouncier and not into water. Did you notice how HIGH they jumped?! I would have gotten vertigo. anyhow, totally with you–as always 🙂

Denise
Denise
August 18, 2008 2:36 pm

I was also glad to find this competition this weekend. I couldn’t believe that I had never seen it before. I am pretty confident that I too could compete for the Gold in this event.

I feel that I am watching more of this Summer Olympics than any of the previous years. I always watch the Winter more but I couldn’t help but watch for Dara, the gymnast and especially Michael Phelps! With nothing else on to watch I even caught up on the rowing and Equestrian races.

MM
MM
August 18, 2008 3:17 pm

Love it! Finals are on tonight at 9pm.

Bibi
Bibi
August 18, 2008 3:20 pm

Ok, trampoline is considered a sport, but they are taking baseball and softball out for 2012? What’s wrong with that picture. Trampoline was great as I watched it in fast forward. Remember the sing-a-longs with the bouncing ball. Very reminiscent of that. I was always afraid to bounce that high.

Maureen
Maureen
August 18, 2008 3:21 pm

Thank you so much for posting this! My nephew is obsessed with jumping on his trampoline, and just this weekend we were saying “if only the trampoline was an olympic sport!” and now I know that it is! I just looked it up on the schedule and it looks like the women’s finals are today and the men’s finals are on Tuesday. Hopefully they’ll air some of it on tv. Fun!!

Ruth
Ruth
August 18, 2008 3:36 pm

I was TOTALLY thinking the same thing! Who knew that you could medal in trampoline?!

BTW, you are a friend of one of my friends on Facebook. (And I am now officially a nerd. :-)) I started screeching to my husband saying, “Look, look, it’s Lincee!” and he thought I had lost my mind. And now I can’t believe I just shared that little gem with all of your readers.

houstonlawyer
houstonlawyer
August 18, 2008 4:24 pm

I too was suprised to see this is an Olympic sport. Is this one of those trial sports? Anyway, when I found this on television I was nursing a headache, and believe me, you DO NOT want to watch Olypmic trampolining with a pounding headache!

Avery
Avery
August 18, 2008 9:25 pm

This makes me want to play Wii! Mario and Sonic at the Olympics-Lincee, you would love it!

Kelly
Kelly
August 19, 2008 10:41 am

Dismount…I want a fancy dismount!!!

And what is up with that weird-sounding cheering?

AggieFan
AggieFan
August 19, 2008 1:54 pm

I actually think the trampoline thing is cool. It is fun to do and to watch! But there are so many “sports” that are in the Olympics that baffle me. They are taking out baseball and softball as an Olympic sport but leaving in table tennis and badminton? WTF?? Yes, I know it takes talent to play both of them, but so it also takes talent for both b-balls too! I’m a huge soccer fan, so don’t think I am just a crazed baseball fan, I’m not. But it is a great sport and should be kept. They are only… Read more »

Janine
Janine
August 19, 2008 3:45 pm

Three cheers for Trampoline. Canda won a silver 🙂

I’m so proud.

I couldn’t find any coverage though. 🙁

A lot of sports use the tramp as a training tool to practice arial tricks (i.e. Gymnastics, Ski jumping and diving). Whoo hoo for one of the lesser known artistic sports at the games.

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