08. November 2014  
WCh 2014 Daytona Beach, Fl./USA

Trampoline celebrates its 50th Anniversary

An important milestone in the history of Trampoline Gymnastics, the year 1964 was not only when the International Trampoline Federation (FIT) was created, but also the time of the inaugural Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships.
- a F.I.G. Report

Now, fifty years later, the international Trampoline Gymnastics community is commemorating the early years of the discipline. FIT Honorary Members, authorities of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), former Trampoline World champions and delegation members of the 30th World Championships that conclude Sunday in Daytona Beach (USA) gathered for an anniversary dinner at the Ocean Center Saturday evening.

F.I.G.-President Prof. Bruno GRANDI at the celebration of 50 Years Trampoline Worlds on Saturday evening.

On 4 March 1964, the FIT was born in Frankfurt on Main (GER). The delegates present elected its President, the Swiss René Schaerer, and laid the foundations for the first Trampoline World Championships, which would take place on 21 March of the same year at the Royal Albert Hall in London (GBR).
The USA’s Dan Millman and Judy Wills Cline were the inaugural World Trampoline champions. 

In the years that followed, the sport grew rapidly, with Synchronised Trampoline first being contested at Worlds in 1965 as a mixed team event, with a separate men’s and women’s competition added in 1966. The first World Championships that included Double Mini-trampoline was held in Tulsa (USA) in 1976, while Tumbling first appeared at the World Championships in 1965 and then returned in 1976 as a FIT discipline.

First Trampoline Gymnastics Olympic champions Irina Karavaeva (RUS) and Alexander Moskalenko (RUS).

* The FIG publishes a special Video: >> 50 Years of Trampoline History:
   (* In interview: André Gueisbuhler and Ron Froehlich)

* Youtube (23)