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How Trampoline Gymnastics competition works - Olympic Games

Publication date : 01/12/2014

Trampoline gymnasts perform two routines in the first, or qualification round of a competition. The first routine is composed mostly of simpler compulsory elements, allowing the gymnast to demonstrate his or her technical mastery of basic skills, with the emphasis on perfect execution.

Before the first routine, the gymnast is obliged to submit a card detailing the skills he or she plans to perform, and in what order. If the gymnast does not follow the order defined on the competition card, he or she is deducted 0.1 for each change. The penalty for failing to perform a required element in the first routine is harsher: judges will deduct 1.0 per unperformed element.

Things get more complicated in the second exercise, where the gymnast racks up points by stringing together difficult elements, which, if performed successfully, bolsters his or her difficulty score. As with all Gymnastics disciplines, the gymnast’s challenge is to find a balance between risk, which leads to elevated Difficulty scores, and performing elements well, which leads to high marks in Execution and Time of Flight.

In the qualification round, the gymnast’s scores from their first and second routines are added together, forming a total qualifying score. At the Olympic Games, the top eight gymnasts with the highest qualifying score advance to the final.

In finals, gymnasts perform in opposite qualifying order, meaning the gymnast with the lowest qualifying score performs first, followed by the gymnast with the second lowest qualifying score, and so on. Score-wise, all start with a clean slate. The final round is a one-and-done: gymnasts perform their hardest routines, and the best score wins.

Gymnasts lining up at Rio 2016 Olympic Test Event