- The sport of Gymnastics Trampoline is one of the more fascinating events at the Olympics.
- While the sport itself looks like quite the workout, the cameramen who film it should take the spotlight.
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When the Olympic Games come around every four (or five) years, I consistently find myself mesmerized by Gymnastics Trampoline. The entire sport is exactly how it sounds and it’s awesome.
Competitors jump on a giant, extremely bouncy trampoline and perform wild spinning stunts and high-flying flips. Nine judges score off of three specific categories: difficulty, execution and time of flight.
Each athlete begins his or her routine with zero difficulty points. Each element of their routines that are performed carry a specific difficulty value that is factored into the final score.
During a routine, five execution judges evaluate the athlete’s form. Marks include whether the body line is kept straight, whether their feet are together and if landings are near the center of the trampoline. From there, the total flight time of the gymnast is factored in.
It breaks down like this: Difficulty score + Execution score + Time of Flight score = Final score.
While the sport itself is truly fascinating and looks tiring, those who film the event are even more entertaining.
Videos from Tokyo show the cameramen who are assigned to Trampoline and they are DIALED in.
Greatly enjoyed this brilliant cameraman following the action at the trampoline gymnastics today pic.twitter.com/IikPbU8MvW
— Sara Hussein (@sarahussein) July 30, 2021
It looks like an exhausting assignment to follow the competitors up and down and up and down and up and down.
Obsessed with this Olympics camera person shooting trampoline: pic.twitter.com/8Aw2o98FLB
— Will Perkins (@WilliamHPerkins) July 30, 2021
As for the event itself, Zhu Xueying and Liu Lingling brought home gold and silver for China to continue the country’s dominance.
Congratulations to Zhu and Liu, but an even bigger congratulations to the tireless men and women who filmed them throughout the Games.