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GB trampoline team Kirsten Lawton and Gary Smith
Get bouncing with Kisten and Gary
Hi, we're Kisten Lawton and Gary Smith and we're part of the GB Olympic trampoline team that went to Athens 2004.

And this is our Olympic guide to the trampoline.

Watch my guide:

The tramopline is a mixture of somersaults and twists.

The judges will be looking for a cleanly executed routine made up of at least 10 different skills.

To help you understand the tramopline we'll guide you through some simple skills.

We'll start with basic bouncing - straight jumps with tuck, pike and straddle.

Then we'll follow these with some twists, seated jumps and even a forward or back somersault.

Hopefully by the end you could be ready to tackle the schools routine.

And then who knows....in a few years we may see you at the Olympics bouncing!




Kirsten's stats
Born: 17 Nov 1980
Height: 1.62m
Weight: 54kg
Club: Edgbarrow
Coach: Sue Lawton (mum)
Career high: Winning bronze at the World Championships 2001
Started bouncing: Two-years old
Olympic idols: Denise Lewis and Sir Steve Redgrave

Gary's stats
Born: 22 September 1980
Height: 1.68m
Weight: 64kg
Club: Jumpers TC, Gillingham
Coach: Martin Laws
Favourite football team: Chelsea
Favourite film: All three American Pies
Hobbies: Football, swimming
Prized possession: Playstation

Watch all the top gymnasts in action at the World Cup Finals on BBC Grandstand 11/12 December



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