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Fascinating facts about the invention
of Trampoline by George Nissen in 1935.

TRAMPOLINE
AT A GLANCE:
While at the circus George Nissan saw that the trapeze artists would fly through the air, dropping at the end of an act into safety netting that would send them rebounding up into somersaults or other stylish moves. Nissen realized that a similar setup for gymnasts would allow them to perform complex moves like that too, only they would be able to rebound again and again and do more and more tricks.
THE STORY
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Invention: Trampoline
rampoline photo courtesy Cory Everson Trampoline
Function: noun /  tram-po-line
Definition:
A gymnastic apparatus consisting of a strong canvas sheet attached with springs to a metal frame; used for tumbling
Patent: Mr. Nissen holds 40+ patents related to sports and fitness.
Inventor: George Nissen
George Nissen photo courtesy Trampoline Western Australia
Criteria; First to patent. First practical. Entrepreneur.
Birth: February 1, 1914 in Blairstown, Iowa
  Currently living in San Diego, California
Nationality: American
Milestones:
trampoline, gymnastics, Nissen, George Nissen, history, invention, facts, biography, inventor.
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RELATED INFORMATION:
Young Inventors, A Class Act   from The Great Idea Finder
History of Toys and Games   from The Great Idea Finder

ON THE BOOKSHELF:
The Kid Who Invented the Trampoline: More Surprising Stories About Inventions
by Don L. Wulffson
/ Hardcover: 120 pages / Dutton Books;  (July 2001)
Learn how 50 different things, among them false teeth, parking meters and Post-it notes, came to be.

Gymnastics
by Dan Gutman / Paperback: 208 pages / Puffin; (August 1998)
You'll learn the ins and outs of the equipment and events, find out how scoring is done, read about the history of the sport, and lots more! Dan Gutman's insider look at gymnastics has been fully updated and is sure to enthrall aspiring gymnasts and devoted fans alike. A glossary, a chronology, and an entertaining chapter of gymnastics trivia round out this easily read, timely overview of a popular sport.

ON THE WEB:
George Nissen - The Man and the Kangaroo
Imagine that the year is 1930, and you feel like jumping. Your options are limited. You can launch yourself upward a foot or two for a microsecond before gravity pulls you back to the unyielding floor. You can climb onto something squishy or spring-filled: a couch or better still, a bed, and gain a little more height. You can join the circus and ingratiate yourself with the trapeze fliers, get them to let you play in their safety net. But you cannot buy a trampoline anywhere in the world. George Nissen hasn't invented one yet. Today, of course, trampolines have become household items.
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History of Trampolining
The manufactured trampoline, as we know it today, was created by two men, George Nissen and Larry Griswold, allegedly in George's garage. One day in 1935, with the help of the wrestling coach at the University of Iowa, Nissen and Griswold bolted together an iron frame. A piece of canvas, in which they had inserted grommets along each side, was then attached to the frame by using springs. This was the first trampoline.
(URL: www.trampolinewa.info/)

WHERE TO FIND:
Mini Trampoline
Sports / by Cory Everson  /  Item model number: 5005MT / Less than $40.00 
Cory Everson is a six time Ms. Olympia body building champ and fitness expert. Also included is the Cory Everson Fitness Guide with workout and weight loss tips, exercise guide and workout chart. Cory Everson 38-Inch  mini trampoline.

DID YOU KNOW?:

  • While in Mexico, he heard the word trampolin, springboard in Spanish, and decided to use it for his bouncing apparatus.
  • The IOC Executive Board at the 106th Session held in Lausanne during September 1997 agreed that trampolining would feature in the Olympic Programme of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney 2000. When George Nissen heard that gymnastic trampolining would make its Olympic debut in Sydney, he bought tickets to all the events and brought his daughter Dian to Sydney to watch!
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