1945 – George Nissen receives a patent for the first modern trampoline
George Peter Nissen (February 3, 1914 – April 7, 2010) was an American gymnast and inventor who developed the modern trampoline and made trampolining a worldwide sport and recreation.
He had seen circus trapeze artists use their safety nets as an elastic bed to rebound and perform additional tricks and thought that this would be useful training tool for his tumbling.
In 1934, Nissen and his coach, Larry Griswold, built the prototype trampoline from angle iron with a canvas bed and rubber springs.
In 1941, he and Griswold set up the Griswold-Nissen Trampoline & Tumbling Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and on 6th March, 1945 received a patent.
He built a few trampolines and promoted the sale of his trampolines by touring performances, which did gradually increase sales.
Extra Note: Nissen had always wanted to have trampolining included in the Olympic Games and this finally happened in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
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