In 2007, the Trampoline World Cup in Lake Placid was jam packed with tight competition. The trampolinists that competed came from all over the world, with more countries competing since trampolining became an Olympic event in 2000. And in 2007, Ukrainian gymnast Yuri Nikitin won the gold at Lake Placid. Before this, Nikitin won the gold at the 2004 Olympics. What he didn’t do however, was complete a routine with a degree of difficulty of 17.5, thereby securing him a world record in trampolining. That particular distinction goes to Jason Burnett.
Wait, a 17.5? That’s not the world record! Yes, yes, it’s not, but before we get there, let’s get to know Jason Burnett a little more. Born on December 16, 1986, Burnett is from Etobicoke, Ontario in Canada. He started flipping around on a mat at age 8, but it was only until the age of 10 that he would bounce his way to his destiny. It is a huge plus for a child with an interest in trampolining to be born in a country with exceptional backing for the sport. Canada holds several medals in the event, which shows the excellence of their program. This is largely in part to the efforts of David Ross, a pioneer in Canadian trampoline events. Ross himself was an excellent trampolinist in his time. He eventually set up Skyriders Trampoline Place, a facility where Canada’s premiere trampolinists can train at the highest level, and as is Ross’ coaching style, at the highest difficulty.
So when Jason Burnett eventually join the Canadian national team in 2003, training with Ross in Skyriders, the duo developed a routine like no one has every seen. Eventually, Burnett worked his way to completing, but only in training, a routine with a DD of 20.6! Admittedly, Burnett mentioned that the trampolines they use in training allow for longer airtime. Doing this routine on international event beds still isn’t possible. Still, Burnett used elements from his otherworldly routine, and produced an amazing performance at the Pacific Rim Championships in Australia.
Wait, Australia? What happened to Lake Placid? Well, Burnett beat his old record of 17.5 by executing an awesome 18.0 routine! Eventually, that routine was trounced… but by Burnett himself! At the Davos Trampoline World Cup, he performed a most outstanding 18.8 routine.
It’s mind boggling he hasn’t won a gold yet in international events (he’s managed a silver medal), but when it comes to the most difficult routines, Jason Burnett stands at the top. That gold? Sooner or later, it’ll be around his neck.
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