This Olympic sport affiliated to gymnastics is said to have originated in circuses. After rehearsing trapeze acts, circus acrobats liked to relax by performing figures on the safety net slung below the wires.After first being demonstrated at the Sidney games interest in the trampoline is growing fast. The sport consists in performing figures in the air after bouncing off a horizontal elastic mat. American fighter pilots even used in to train the inner ear to become used to rotations while flying. Today, the athletes taking part in competition bounce as high as 8 metres.France, Russia and Bielorussia are at present the top nations in this sport.