Mathieu Turgeon made quite an impression when he joined the Skyriders club
in 1990. "He pushed the other kids around and hogged the trampolines,"
recalls his coach Dave Ross who operates the club. "He had a love for the
sport right away. Unfortunately we had to ban him from doing backflips
because he'd land on the floor all the time. But he was fearless and that
was the first sign he had potential."
Turgeon developed quickly into Canada's top male trampoline gymnast and
registered his first major victory at the 1996 World Age Group
Championships winning the gold on the individual trampoline in the 15-17
category. Last year at the world championships he improved 19 spots from
the previous year placing 15th to automatically qualify for the Olympics.
He'll enter the Olympics seeded 11th and he is considered a long shot for a
medal. However Turgeon is among the most spectacular trampoline gymnasts
and executes some of the most difficult maneuvers in the sport including
the rarely attempted double layout with four twists.
Men's singles: Mathieu Turgeon, Unionville, Ont., won bronze medal.
Toronto's Mathieu Turgeon with his medal
Turgeon up in the air
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