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Developed in 1934, trampolines were originally used to train astronauts or were used as a training tool for other sports. They soon became popular in their own right and a sport was born.

Man-made

The first modern trampoline was built by George Nissen and Larry Griswold around 1934 at the University of Iowa. It was initially used to train tumblers and astronauts and as a training tool to develop and hone acrobatic skills for other sports such as diving, gymnastics and freestyle skiing. People enjoyed the sensation so much, they began to trampoline for sheer fun, and it became popular in its own right.

Spaceball

Nissen and Griswold envisaged trampolines being used in a variety of new games, although they never grabbed the public’s imagination. In one, called Spaceball, two teams of two on a single trampoline with specially constructed end walls attempted to propel a ball through a middle wall, to hit a target on the other side’s end wall.

Olympic debuts

Trampolining made its first appearance at the 2000 Games in Sydney, with men’s and women’s competitions. The number of events (two) has remained unchanged since then.

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Trampoline - Individual Men - Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Highlights of the Trampoline - Individual Men on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Rosannagh Maclennan of Canada competes during the Trampoline Gymnastics Women's Qualification on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Bryony Page of Great Britain competes during the Trampoline Gymnastics Women's Qualification on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Nicole Ahsinger of the United States competes during the Trampoline Gymnastics Women's Qualification on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Dan Li of the People's Republic of China competes during the Trampoline Gymnastics Women's Qualification on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Rana Nakano of Japan competes during the Trampoline Gymnastics Women's Qualification on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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