The day the trampoline world as been waiting for this year has come. The 32nd FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships started today in Sofia, Bulgaria at Arena Armeec. Thirty-four countries have entered 287 gymnasts to compete for several titles including Individual Trampoline, Synchronized Trampoline, Tumbling, DoubleMini-Tramp as individuals and teams. Former and current Olympic and World Champions will be among the esteemed group competing for the highest honors, making it a monumental task to reach the podium.
All eyes will be on Olympic Champions Uladzislau Hancharou from Belarus and Dong Dong from China, as well as other World Champions Tu Ciao and Goa Lei, both from China for the Men’s Individual title. Looking to take a space on the podium will be Olympic Medalist Dmitri Ushakov from Russia, recent World Cup Champion Dylan Schmidt from New Zealand, Japan’s Masaki Ito and any number of amazing talents from France, United States, Great Britain and more.
For the Women’s Individual, 2014 World Champion Liu Lingling will be the one to watch. However, she will be challenged mightily by gymnasts from her own country as well as Great Britain, Russia, Belarus , Canada and Japan.
Women’s tumbling has been dominated by Jia Fangfang from China and Anna Korobeinikova from Russia for years. Nothing changes this year, except that Lucie Colbeck from Great Britain has broken the chain before. But don’t be surprised by additional standouts to do the same. Men’s tumbling will be dominated by powerful talents around the world and will feature world Champions Kristof Willerton from Great Britain and Zhang Lui from China.
Double Mini-tramp contenders are Paige Howard from USA and twisting phenom Mikhail Zolomin from Russia. Synchro teams from China, Russia and Belarus have dominated the medals in recent years, but never underestimate the competition.
Qualifications for Individual and Team Trampoline, and Tumbling and Team Tumbling qualifications have begun and will continue throughout the day. Tomorrow are the Synchronized, Tumbling and Double Mini-tramp qualifications and Team finals for Women’s Tumbling, Men’s Double Mini-Tramp and all Individual Trampoline. The following day Team Finals for Women’s Double Mini-tramp and Men’s Tumbling as well as finals for Women’s Tumbling, Men’s Double Mini-tramp and both Synchro events. Then on Sunday, November 12th, is the conclusion with the semi-finals for both Individual Trampoline events and finals for Double Mini-tramp Women, Tumbling Men and both the Men and Women’s Individual Trampoline events.
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