Olympic trampoline competition features individual events for men and women. Both begin with a qualifying round in which each gymnast performs two routines. In the first, gymnasts perform 10 elements but only two (designated by the gymnast) are considered for difficulty. In the second, all 10 elements are considered for difficulty. The scores from both routines are added together and the top eight competitors advance to the final round where they perform one routine for the medals.

Trampoline routines are planned to demonstrate a variety of forward and backward twisting and non-twisting elements. In all positions, the feet and legs should be kept together with feet and toes pointed.

Rosie MacLennan competes in the trampoline at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games on July 19, 2015.

Rosie MacLennan competes in the trampoline at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games on July 19, 2015.

The score of each routine is based on the execution of the routine, the difficulty value and the time of flight (time the athlete spends in the air). Two judges score the difficulty, starting at zero and adding to it with the elements performed. Five judges score the execution, starting at 10 points and deducting up to 0.5 points for errors on each element.

Canada’s Olympic History

Since the sport’s debut at Sydney 2000, Canada has won seven Olympic medals, including putting a woman on the podium in each of the first five Games. Karen Cockburn is the most decorated athlete in the world with her three Olympic medals, two silver and one bronze. Her husband Mathieu Turgeon also reached the podium in Sydney. Rosie MacLennan is Canada’s only Olympic gold medallist in trampoline, taking the title at London 2012 and Rio 2016. She made history at the latter, becoming the first trampolinist to win back to back Olympic gold medals. Her victory also made her the first Canadian woman to win two gold medals in an individual event at the summer Games and the first Canadian athlete to successfully defend an Olympic title at the summer Games. Employing his “go big or go home philosophy”, Jason Burnett worked his way to a silver medal finish at Beijing 2008.