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1967 Professional World Trampoline Championships

1967 Professional World Trampoline Championships

Yes. There were World Championship competitions for Professional trampoline gymnasts. They were held in the 1960s and sponsored by the Nissen Corporation. There was only one event: men’s individual trampoline. But there were exhibitions of gymnastics and spaceball. The first one was held in 1964 in New York and was won by American George Hery. […]

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1955 Trampoline History

1955 Trampoline History

If you have an interest in the history of trampoline sports, you will enjoy a video recently uncovered called Whatever Goes Up, featuring trampoline founder, George Nissen, his wife Annie and ’52 US trampoline champion, Frank LaDue. Considering that in 1955, the Nissen Trampoline Company was in it’s early stages of designing the first trampolines destined for […]

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1966 World Open Trampoline Championships

1966 World Open Trampoline Championships

It was 50 years ago this weekend that the 3rd World Open Trampoline Championships were held in Lafayette, LA USA. They were held on April 28-30, 1966. It was the first World Championships held outside of the UK, the first to include tumbling and it was the first of four World Championships that was directed by […]

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Best of the US in 1966

Best of the US in 1966

Recently, I received a YouTube link from Peter Hurle, the 1974 Trampoline World Bronze medalist from Australia. In it are his world class predecessors from the United States. The link is a film of the 1966 NCAA National Trampoline Championships. The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association) National Trampoline Championships was very prestigious in the US because the American collegiate trampoline gymnasts […]

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Old Rules

Old Rules

If you click the button link below, you’ll see a routine uploaded to Facebook by a friend of 1966 and 1970 Men’s World Trampoline Champion, Wayne Miller. Watch closely. It was impressive. But, did you notice anything unusual? Besides the 1 1/2 twisting 1 3/4 back? The repeats? Repeats were allowed back then. Sure. Did […]

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Igor Challenge

Igor Challenge

Continuing the subject of prodigies, I don’t know if USSR gymnast Igor Galimbatovski was a child prodigy, but most would assume that he was. If you have ever seen his 1986 trampoline routine performed at the World Trampoline Championships in Paris, France, you would be impressed. Performing five triples in a row and two Millers, he broke […]

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5-Time World Champ Judy Wills at 13

5-Time World Champ Judy Wills at 13

Just published to YouTube is a rare video of the future 5-time World Trampoline Champion Judy Wills Cline. It was filmed in the Nissen gym in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1961, when she was 13 years-old and three years before winning her first World title. She was clearly a prodigy. Only men were as advanced at […]

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50 Years of French Trampoline

The sport of Trampoline just celebrated it’s 50 years of  World Championships in grand style at the 2014 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Daytona, Florida. The past and future on display in the same building was an impressive realization that the sport had advanced incredibly in such a short period of time, little more than just half a […]

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HISTORY: 1974 World Trampoline Championships

HISTORY: 1974 World Trampoline Championships

Last year, gearing up for the 50th Anniversary of the first World Trampoline Championships, I did my best to cover every World Championships up to that point. With the help of many officials, athletes and coaches, I was able to find photos and video from most events. Most notable was the 1974 World Trampoline Championships in […]

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Film History Uncovered: 1965 World Trampoline & Tumbling Championships

Film History Uncovered: 1965 World Trampoline & Tumbling Championships

An amazing coincidence: Precisely 50 years later, film of the 2nd World Trampoline and 1st World Tumbling Championships has been discovered. On January 30, 1965 the event was held in London at the Royal Albert Hall and now film of the momentous occasion can be shared with the world. It was uncovered recently by a retired […]

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