Bouncing into history
8 May 2007
Australia’s first Olympic trampoline medallist, Ji Wallace, is ready to bounce his way back into the history books when he unleashes a never before seen move prior to the Beijing Games.
Wallace is no new kid on the block when it comes to world firsts. In 1992 he was crowed World Champion for the Double Mini Trampoline and in 1998 he set a world record at the World Championships where he performed two triple somersaults on the double mini trampoline.
The Sydney silver medalist is determined to perfect his lethal weapon move over the next 16 months for his individual trampoline routine.
“Hopefully before Beijing I will debut a move which will be named after myself….The Wallace. That’s the good thing about trampoline or gymnastics. If you do an individual move that nobody has done before it gets named after you, so that’s something that I’m going to be chasing before Beijing. In the finals I hope to open with my own particular move and scare the competition,” said Wallace.
At the Sydney Games, Wallace had the hometown advantage. In Beijing he is not going to underestimate the ability of the Chinese, especially since they’ll be competing on their home turf. The former world champion said he’ll also be keeping his eye on the Russians and the Japanese due to their recent strong performances.
At present Wallace is in a stable training phase due to a heavy competition schedule but as soon as this ceases he will move into a specific training period for the World Championships, which doubles as the qualifier for the Olympic Games. Then after the worlds Wallace will asses his training needs and set a regime to peak in time for Beijing.
“The World Championships will be in Canada in Quebec City in November. So we will have between November and August next year to perfect “the Wallace” and to perfect the rest of the routines to ensure we move through with confidence to Beijing,” said Wallace.
Go hard and jump high is his motto and the trampoline champion has already done exactly that. In March this year, Wallace finished 3rd at the Flower Cup in Alsmeer, The Netherlands, which is a promising result and puts him in contention to achieve his childhood dream of winning Olympic gold.