Tumbling is performed on elevated spring runways that help tumblers propel themselves higher than a basketball goal as they demonstrate speed, strength, and skill while executing a series of acrobatic maneuvers. Top-level contenders perform explosive somersaults with multiple flips and twists.
While today's athletes perform many of the difficult skills performed by former notable American and international
athletes, modern competitions are quite different than those early years. The biggest changes have been in
advances in equipment design, the rules and governance, and more systematic training of athletes.
International competition trampolines are larger and more powerful than those used in the early years and a far cry
from today's "backyard" models. These modern trampolines propel trained athletes as high as 30 feet in the air during performances.
During two competitive routines of 10 skills each, upper-level athletes can easily demonstrate a graceful array of double, triple and twisting somersaults.
Synchronized trampoline demands the same athletic skill as individual trampoline, while adding the element of precision timing.
Using two trampolines, two athletes perform identical 10-skill routines at the same time. In this most artistic event in the sport,
each performs as a mirror image of the other, doubling the visual beauty of trampoline competition.
Double-mini is a relatively new sport that combines the horizontal run of tumbling with the vertical rebound of trampoline.
After a short run, the athlete jumps onto a small two-level trampoline to perform a rebounding trick immediately followed by
a dismount element onto a landing mat. Double mini is similar in concept to springboard diving, using a mat instead of water.
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Hello, I am Hans Nielson
Hans Nielsen, 29, grew up in Pocatello, ID. Hans has always been interested in competitive athletics. At the age of 9, Hans competed for the United States and won the silver medal at the World Age Group Championships for Trampoline and Tumbling. He was a USA team member in 1996, and again captured a silver medal in the 1998 World Age Group Championships at 14. Hans then turned his focus to High School athletics: soccer, and track and field. In his first year as a competitive pole vaulter, Hans placed 2nd in the state. He began coaching trampoline and tumbling at age 13 in his mother’s gym. His start there led him to opportunities in California and Nevada. Hans is presently the Head Coach/Program Director at Action Athletics. Bellevue has been his home for 4 years, where he produced USA National Team Members as well as a USA National Champion at the elite level.
Hans’s interest in athletics is not a coincidence. His father, Dave Nielsen, was an accomplished athlete competing in Pole Vault at the Olympic trials in 1976. Dave has been named Coach of the Year numerous times as well as coached 2000 Olympic Women’s pole vault champion Stacy Dragilia. His mother, Joy Umenhofer, competed in trampoline, diving, and powerlifting. Her accolades are extensive as well; having coached an 8 time national Sr. Men’s Trampoline Champion, and has received the honor of Coach of the Year from USA Gymnastics 3 times.
Action Athletics is a member of both the Washington Assoication of Trampoline & Tumbling and USA Gymnastics, the organization that governs all gymnastic events, including Trampoline & Tumbling.
Find out more at the following Web sites:
Washington Association of Trampoline & Tumbling