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Preview: Men's trampoline qualifications and final

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Three women made trampoline history yesterday. First, Uzbekistan's Ekaterina Khilko became the first trampoline athlete to compete in five Olympic Games--she hasn't missed one since trampoline was added to the Olympic program in 2000.

Then there was Brony Page, who broke down in tears of joy and shock when she realized she'd won a silver medal. She's the first trampoline athlete from Great Britain to win an Olympic medal in trampoline.

And finally Rosie MacLennan, the 2012 Olympic champion, won gold and became the first trampoline athlete to win multiple Olympic golds. 

How will the men's competition, taking place on Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. ET, stack up?

The 2012 Olympic champion in men's trampoline will be attempting to follow in MacLennan's footsteps by defending his title.

After London, China's Dong Dong won another individual gold at the 2013 World Championships. But he's been eclipsed by his teammates in recent years. In 2014, he lost the world title to Tu Xiao and settled for silver. In 2015, he didn't even make the final when he finished behind two other Chinese athletes in the semi-final. Due to a rule that allows only two athlete per country to advance to the final, he was left out and Gao Lei became the new world champion. 


Gao is in Rio as well, and the favorite for gold.


Other athletes to watch are Uladzislau Hancharou of Belarus, the 2015 World Championships silver medalist who will be one of the youngest in the field at age 20. He has said that he wants to "go gradually," so he's hoping for "maybe silver" in Rio. His biggest hero in the sport of trampoline is Dong.


Another young athlete will be New Zealand's Dylan Schmidt, a 19-year-old who won gold at the 2014 Youth Olympics. He is the first trampoline athlete from New Zealand to compete in the Olympics.


The U.S. qualified one Olympic berth for men's trampoline, and Logan Dooley earned the spot after a hard-fought selection process. Dooley served as a non-competing alternate at both the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics; having come so close and spend so long waiting for his Olympic debut, no one will be happier than Dooley to go out and compete in the Olympic arena.



The second and final day of Olympic trampoline will take place today starting at 1 p.m. ET and available to watch live online or at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.


In the first round, qualifying, a trampoline athlete performs a compulsory routine of eight relatively simple skills judged only in execution, followed by two complex skills to be judged on both execution and difficulty. Then he performs a voluntary routine, in which every skill is judged on both execution and difficulty. A time of flight score, an electronically measured record of actual time spend in the air, is the third component of both scores.


16 men will participate in in the qualifying round, but only eight will advance to the final. There, the scores will be wiped clean and they'll perform just one voluntary routine. The athlete with the highest score (execution + difficulty + time of flight) wins.



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