30TH TRAMPOLINE GYMNASTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
BY PETER VIDMAR, CHAIRMAN,
AND STEVE PENNY,
PRESIDENT AND CEO
WELCOME TO DAYTONA BEACH!
USA Gymnastics is looking forward to welcoming the world’s best trampoline and tumbling gymnasts to the 30th World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships and 23rd World Age Group Competitions in Daytona Beach, Florida, this November.
The more than 1,200 competitors, dignitaries, officials and members of the international gymnastics community alike will enjoy the beauty of the beach, Florida’s trademark sunshine and the convenience of getting to and from the Ocean Center, the competition venue.
For the first two weeks of November, trampoline and tumbling will take over Daytona Beach, world famous for its beach and the Daytona 500 NASCAR race. Daytona Beach, nestled next to the Atlantic Ocean, is just 51 miles northeast of Orlando, where the 2012 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships were held.
2014 marks the first World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships held in the United States under the auspices of the International Gymnastics Federation and USA Gymnastics. However, it is the fifth time the USA has staged trampoline’s World Championships: Lafayette, Louisiana(1966); Tulsa, Oklahoma. (1976); Bozeman, Montana. (1982); and Birmingham, Alabama. (1988).
We are excited about welcoming and showcasing the best trampoline and tumbling athletes from around the globe in one of our country’s iconic beach communities.
BY MEIKE BEHRENSEN
Fifty years after the International Trampoline Federation (FIT) has been established and the inaugural Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships were staged in London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, the discipline is returning to the homeland of its inventor George Nissen. Following four Worlds on United States soil when the discipline was governed by the FIT, this year’s championships in Daytona Beach mark the first time the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) will host the event in the country where Trampoline was born.
The USA dominated the discipline in its early years, with Dan Millman and Judy Wills taking the first individual World titles in 1964. When Synchronised Trampoline was introduced for the men in 1965 and for the women one year later, it was again the Star-Spangled Banner that was heard during the medal ceremonies. In 1976, the first Tumbling and Double Mini-trampoline World podiums were all U.S. gymnasts, with only one exception. Having clinched the 2013 men’s and women’s Double Mini Team World titles, the hosts will now be eager to impress the home crowd in Daytona Beach.
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