Sunday, August 5, 2012

bottoms made out of springs

For the last two days trampolinists have been competing at the Olympics. One of my great uncles was a tumbler (a form of gymnastics) in the 1930s. Shortly after the modern trampoline was invented by George Nissen and Larry Griswold in 1936 my uncle became one of the world's first trampoline athletes. Tragically, he was killed in a trampoline accident while still at university.

The sport has come a long way since the 30s. Witness this amazing trampoline double act from 1950:

(the Schaller Brothers perform on Cavalcade of Stars)

If you're interested in the history of Olympic sports this clip of gymnasts performing in the 1936 Berlin Games is also striking:

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