LONDON, Jan. 13, 2012 – The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) confirmed today that the United States has earned a berth to the men’s trampoline competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Ultra Twisters, finished 10th at the 2012 Visa International Gymnastics event, part of the London Prepares series, at the North Greenwich Arena to earn Team USA one of three "wild card" berths to the Games.
Savannah Vinsant of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, after finishing 10th in the qualifying round at the 2011 Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships in Birmingham, England, secured a women's trampoline Olympic berth for Team USA.
Both of the United States' trampoline athletes for the London Olympic Games will be announced following the 2012 USA Gymnastics Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline Championships on June 29, 2012.
Summary of Olympic Games selection procedures for Trampoline. For the full selection procedures, click here.
The USA qualified for one Olympic spot in women's trampoline at the 2011 World Championships. The U.S. men earned one Olympic spot at the 2012 Visa International Gymnastics event, the Olympic Test Event, in January 2012.
- The first-ranked male and female gymnast based on the Olympic Selection Points System will represent the USA in the Olympic Games.
- Discretionary criteria will be used to select replacement athletes.
- Athletes earn points based on their finishes at the three selection events. Only two of the three competitions count toward the final ranking, dropping the lowest points.
- The three selection events are: the U.S. Elite Challenge, March 30-April 1; the Stars and Stripes Cup, May 11-13; and a final selection event held in conjunction with the U.S. Championships, June 27-28.
- Athletes must qualify to and participate in the U.S. Championships to be eligible for nomination to the Olympic Team.
- To receive Olympic Selection Points at any of the three selection events, gymnasts must perform 20 skills in the preliminaries, and men must have a 14.8 degree of difficulty and women must have a 12.8 degree of difficulty in the optional routine in either prelims or finals. The final selection event will serve as the tie-breaker if two athletes have the same number of points at the conclusion of the process.
- Athletes must be at least 18 years old by Dec. 31, 2012.