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Canucks short but proud relationship with the bouncy bed.

It sounds like a stupid sport. "Trampoline." It's got the word tramp in it. It doesn't help the uniforms are covered in sequins like olympic figure skaters. But there is a reason our country is full of bouncy castles, water trampolines and jungle jim restaurants. We like to bounce it.

Unsafe? Bah! Canada has been a trampoline player from the beginning.

As the 20th century brought a whole range of technological wonders from cadillacs to microwave ovens and the internet, athletes discovered newer and more inventive ways to do somersaults, pikes and twists in the air. First we twisted on rings hanging from the ceiling. Old school. Then we used springboards into somersault the water and called it diving. Bor-ing. Finally, the greatest development in aerial artistry occurred in the 1930's - trampoline. A truly North American sport (see bouncy castle mention earlier). In 2000, it became an olympic sport.

Say it slowly and quietly: trampoline. With pride. Then follow the bouncing ball and chant louder, louder: trampoline, trampoline, trampoline!

Oh yeah - Karen Cockburn just won silver in trampoline. (But the look on her face says she really wanted gold).


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