In the past couple of weeks the international trampoline scene has been cruising along towards the Rio Olympics this summer with a couple of prestigious World Cups, one in Brescia, Italy held on Jun 18th-19th, and the other in Arosa, Switzerland held on June 24th-25th. For the Italians, it was the first ever World Cup they’ve hosted, the AERE World Cup. For Switzerland, however, it was the 50th time they hosted this competition, the oldest international trampoline competition in the world, the 50th Nissen Cup. Athletes in both events earned points towards the goal of becoming the top ranked trampoline gymnast in the world for 2016.
An impressive group of gymnasts earned the highest points over the past two weeks. Winners in Italy include World and Olympic Champion Dong Dong CHN for the Men’s Individual race, World Champion Li Dan CHN for the Individual Women’s race, the team of World Cup and European Champs Sergie Azarian and Mikhail Melnik RUS in the race for the Men’s Synchro and the team of World Cup and European Champions Tatsiana Piatrenia and Hanna Harchonak BRL in the race for Women’s Synchro. Winners in Arosa include Olympic Silver medalist Dmitri Ushakov RUS, Men’s Individual; Olympic and World Champion Rosie MacLennan CAN, Women’s Individual; the team of World Cup Champions Masaki Ito and Ginga Munetomo JPN, Men’s Synchro and the team of World Cup Champions Susana Kochesko and Anna Korntskaya RUS, Women’s Synchro.
The next opportunity for trampoline gymnasts to earn points toward their 2016 international rankings will be in Coimbra, Portugal on July 8th and 9th. Days before the Coimbra World Cup is the popular Scalabiscup, also hosted by the Porugese Federation in Santsarem, June 30th-July 2nd. Before the Scalabiscup, the other major international competition is the Irtyshskiye Zory-2016 Tournament in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan on June 25th-2th.
2016 is turning out to be a very busy year!