And four, for the price of two.

Two events, four separate disciplines, as we consider:

Trampoline, and Triathlon.

Thanks for additional facts and figures go to the good people at http://www.olympic.org

Trampoline

Trampoline

Although trampolines and tumbling nets have been used in circuses since the 18th century, the first modern trampoline was built by George Nissen and Larry Griswold around 1934, at the University of Iowa. It was initially used to train tumblers and astronauts, and as a training tool to hone acrobatic skills for other sports such as diving, gymnastics and freestyle skiing.

People enjoyed the sensation so much, they began to trampoline for sheer fun, and it soon became popular in its own right.

Nissen and Griswold envisaged trampolines being used in a variety of new games – although they never grabbed the public’s imagination. In one, called Spaceball, two teams of two on a single trampoline with specially constructed end walls attempted to propel a ball through a middle wall, to hit a target on the other side’s end wall.

Trampolining made its first appearance at the 2000 Games in Sydney, with men’s and women’s competitions. The number of events (two) has remained unchanged since then.

At competition level, the trampoline consists of a metal frame supporting a spring bed that the gymnasts bounce off to perform their routines. The trampoline is 5.05 meters long, 2.91m wide and 1.155m high. The bed is made of nylon or string material, and is only about six millimeters thick.

A large, thick mat, known as the safety platform, sits on the floor at each end of the trampoline. It is designed to cushion the impact if anyone falls from the apparatus.

Triathlon

Triathlon

is an athletic endurance competition involving three sports, usually swimming, cycling, and long-distance running. The distance for each of the events varies depending on the level of competition.

The triathlon demands a variety of skills from participants, and training is rigorous. Triathletes must pace themselves during the long events, and develop extraordinary endurance. The goal for most competitors is simply to finish the triathlon, and to improve on previous times.

Triathlon was invented in the early 1970s by the San Diego Track Club, as an alternative workout to standard track training. The club’s first event consisted of a 10km run, an 8km cycle and a 500m swim.

In 1989, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) was founded in Avignon, France, and the first official World Championships were held. The official distance for triathlon was set at a 1,500m swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run – taken from existing events in each discipline already on the Olympic program.

The most famous triathlon – the annual Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii – includes a 3.8-km (2.4-mi) swim, a 179-km (112-mi) bicycle race, and a marathon (42km, 195m or 26 mi, 385 yd). The majority of other triathlon events (including the Olympic Games version) involve distances shorter than those at the Ironman competition.

Triathlon made its full Olympic medal debut at the 2000 Sydney Games.

And I’m making my full medal retreat, at this point.

Be back soon, though. So don’t miss.

Peace.

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