Teen Olympian Erin Blanchard is already in Beijing, but she took time out of her busy schedule to answer some of our questions via email. Many thanks to Erin, and be sure to root for her during the Women's Individual Trampoline Preliminary on August 15th at 11 AM ET. Five things to know about US Olympian Erin Blanchard:1. She hails from Broussard, Louisiana, a town of approximately 7,433 people.2. The 18 year-old loves swimming and tennis in addition to gymnastics.3. She is the only...Read Full Story
The trampoline is an American invention. In 1934, Iowa native George Nissen and his tumbling coach assembled the prototype for the trampoline out iron, a canvas bed, and rubber springs. After trampoline became a competitive sport, Americans dominated: they won 14 world titles from the first Trampoline World Championships in 1964 until the last American World Champion took a medal in 1974. Footage of 1968 World Champion Judy Wills ClineTrampoline's popularity waned in the US over the next...Read Full Story
Erin Blanchard is the only female American Trampolinist competing at this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing.