This is for my Aunt Mary in Welcome, Minn. Despite living thousands of miles away, I know she’s paying close attention to the men’s Olympic trampoline trials going on tonight at HP Pavilion in San Jose. Two brothers — one a natural, one a hard worker — are competing for just one spot. Tony and I will be there to bring you the details, as well as catch up with the Vargas Academy group that is going to watch.
Here are the details on the brothers, as told by NPR:
by Zoe Chace
Steven and Jeffrey Gluckstein are in a tough spot. They’re brothers. They’re world-class athletes. They train together six times a week, side by side, at the same gym. And only one of them can make the U.S. Olympic team as a trampolinist.
Steven, 21, is precise on the bounce mat. He rockets up to the ceiling, twists his body into a jackknife, flips around a couple times and hits the trampoline for less than a second before he shoots back up. Every time he comes down, his feet stab the red X in the center.
Like a math equation, Steven calculates his movements for the exact moment.
“Add this, subtract this, OK, now multiply the flip by using your shoulders, slow it down by using less hips — constantly adding, subtracting, multiplying, doing all kinds of different stuff to make that perfect bounce,” he says.
Where Steven is obsessive, Jeffrey, 19, is chill. Where Steven is sharp, Jeffrey is easy. Steven’s the hard worker. Jeffrey’s the natural.