This weekend, there are two major events: the 3rd Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitational in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Aalsmeer Flower Cup in Aalsmeer, Holland. These are the first International Senior events in 2013; the first year starting the new Olympiad. They will feature top athletes in from around the world in Trampoline, Tumbling, Synchronised Trampoline and Double Mini-tramp. With so many new names on the rosters, the results will be exciting. It’s a chance to set the stage for the years to come.
The Aalsmeer Flower Cup is held every 2 years. It started in 1975, so it will celebrate it’s 20th competition this year. More than 20 countries have entered Trampoline teams to compete, with a total of 340 athletes. They will compete in *Class 2 Trampoline and both age categories of **Class 1 Trampoline.
The Kalon Ludvigson Invitational features Tumbling, DMT and Trampoline events in Age-group and Senior categories. While the majority of the competitors will be American, there are strong athletes traveling to Utah from several other countries.
Holland’s Grand Dame Rea Lenders will be a favorite to win a medal in the Class 1 Women’s event of the Flower Cup and perhaps the Class 1 Men’s event will see an American standing high on the podium. To be more specific, for the Class 1 Women, look for Lenders, Zita Frydrychova of the Czech Republic and Savannah Vinsant of the US to be in medal contention. For the Men, there are too many new names on the list, but I suspect a Gluckstein brother or two from the US will be among the medal winners. Nonetheless, we will wait for the results with heightened anticipation.
*Class 2 is restricted to a max difficulty of 8.0, all ages are welcome.
** Class 1 is unrestricted difficulty, but the two age groups are those under 17 and those over 17.